The warmer weather finally arrived this week and so did the fish. The amount of bait all across the Island seems to be the highest it’s been in recent memory, bringing the stripers, flounder and even some bluefish and weakfish into the shallows. On the freshwater side, although not in season yet, largemouth bass are starting to come alive as well.
The striper bite seems to be catching fire all across Long Island. John from Hudson Park Bait and Tackle has heard news of great schoolie action along with a few keepers, with a 42-incher topping the charts. The bigger fish have been caught mostly on bunker chunks ,while shorts have been falling to sandworms, grubs and plugs in both the Orchard Beach and Turtle Cove areas. There have been a few blues picked in these parts.
Carmine from The Campsite has also been told about a mix of big and small bass in Oyster Bay and Manhasset Bay. There was also encouraging words on the improving striper action in Jamaica Bay and Lloyd Harbor relayed by Robert from Sea Isle Tackle and John Sr. from Terminal Tackle.
Even action with winter flounder came across as surprisingly good in the western Long Island Sound this past week. One person, in fact, caught more than four flatties in the back bay area of Orchard Beach, keeping his limit. Ashley from Bay Park Fishing Station reported a strong week of action with a 2.8-pound flounder taken from Raritan Bay, along with a bass that tipped the scales at 29.75 pounds. Mark from Cow Harbor also reports the local fishing clubs having exciting days on the flounder on the muddy, warm shallows of Northport Harbor.
Although the East End often seems to be playing catch up when it comes to the early fishing season, there have been reports of strong schoolie action along with an occasional weakfish and bluefish. There have been signs of these fish around Goose Creek and Richmond Creek on the North Fork and back bay areas on the South Shore, according to Steve from Wego and Bryce from White Water Outfitters.
Paul from River Bay Outfitters says the freshwater action has witnessed steady pickings for perch, trout and crappies, with largemouth bass slowly coming to life as well. With carp approaching spawning time, the bite has been slowing down. However, it should reestablish itself quickly as spawning comes to an end in another week or two.
Ryan Schlichter blogs for On The Water. Visit www.onthewater.com/forecasts/2016/04/long-island-new-york-fishing-report-april-21-2016 for the full version of this report, including the fishing forecast for our waters and other regional fishing news.