Weekly Fishing Report, Turkey

Spring Gobbler season is now Game On ! Summer Fluke season opens May. 1st in Rhode Island. Tautog Season in Conn. Closes April 30th, Wachusett Reservoir, Mass. did open April 1, 2015, first Sat. in April . Quabbin Reservoir did open April 18 till Oct. 17, 2015 Conn. Trout Stocking update rainbow trout at Tyler Pond, Westside Pond in Goshen, Stillwater Pond Torrington, Mohawk Pond Cornwall, Crystal Lake Ellington. Plan a trip for Walleye in Conn. 12 bodies of water stocked, just before dark along the shoreline with live bait or a crankbait. Great tasting freshwater fish. Beach Pond in Rhode Island has a few now also, new walleye Nutmeg State record iced out in Feb.Thank You Conn. Deep. Fresh water opportunities, on Cape Cod, Mass. such as Peters Pond, Achumet, Hamblin's, Spectacle, Long Pond and Big Cliff will reward you with a nice trout or bronzeback. Whitetail Deer reports in Vermont resulted in a few changes. Steelhead in Pulaski, New York action is really picking up now.
Candlewood Lakes, Conn. is in top 50 in the Country. 50/50 chance of a 5lb Smallie or Largemouth ! Take a Veteran Fishing !
Coyotes have finished mating now and the early skunks are appearing as road kill. Be kind to the Possum now .Gestation is only 12 days and mom may have up to 15 1oz. babies in her pouch. I have received 14 different Black Bear sightings,(some with photos) from Rhode Island Conn. and Mass. E-mail them to me with date and place and if with cubs. How many do you think are in the Ocean State year round ? Try Carp fishing with maize and popcorn you could be surprised with a 30lb. fresh water fish ! Freshen up with new fishing line and please use circle hooks to eliminate a injury. If you are going to fill a void and try for one of the big carp remember, ( NO) lip lock tool or lifting from their delicate gill plates which may be fatal. Use the Carp nets that will save the fish for another fisher.
Tautog in R.I. re-opens 4-15-15
Head boats out of Point Judith, Gallilee switch to Fluke May.1st Squid Trips are starting now

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Atlantic Menhaden Kills Reported in Connecticut Estuaries Over Memorial Day Weekend

                 Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is studying potential causes of multiple natural fish kills reported during the past week in coastal waters. The kills, which have been reported in several locations on the Thames River between Norwich and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, in the lower Connecticut River, in Clinton Harbor and on the Quinnipiac River involve hundreds to thousands of Atlantic menhaden at each location. Small numbers of fish kills of other species have also been reported in these areas. 
  Atlantic menhaden, a common schooling fish averaging about 10 to 14 inches in length, have been extremely abundant in southern New England and New York waters for the past two years. The recent increase in numbers is likely due to limits placed on menhaden harvest along the Atlantic coast by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission beginning in 2013 according to David Simpson, Director of the CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division. Menhaden, which have become a valuable commercial catch to be processed into animal feed and other products or used as bait in lobster, crab and other fisheries, also provide important forage for larger fish species, sea birds and marine mammals.
   Fish kills involving Atlantic menhaden are a common occurrence wherever the fish is found in abundance. “These events more commonly occur during the warmer summer months when bluefish attack tightly packed menhaden schools in locations where the oxygen content of the water is also below normal,” said Simpson. “The tightly packed schools rapidly use up the oxygen in the water and suffocate.”
Although the cause of these current fish kills is still under investigation, early season kills such as this one have previously been shown to result from the viral “whirling” disease which spreads rapidly through the school. In late stages of the disease, fish are commonly seen spinning or whirling at the surface.  “This behavior has been described by witnesses in each of the fish kill locations,” added Simpson.
  Anyone witnessing a fish kill in other coastal locations in the state is urged to contact the Marine Fisheries Division by telephone at 860-434-6043 or by email at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov
Source Connecticut DEEP Press Release

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