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Mystic County: Stonington & Noank CT Fishing Information



In this most eastern portion of the CT shoreline you have the exciting portal to the Atlantic and the beginning of the Long Island Sound. Charters and party boats venture in quest of a variety of inshore and deeper water fish due to the confluence of the Atlantic meeting the LI Sound. Mystic also hosts an extremely popular destination for CT shoreline travelers for museums, shops and antiques, restaurants, The Mystic Aquarium and of course the amazing fishing that attracts so many anglers.


Species: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke, Flounder, Bonita and Shark in addition to Blackfish, Sea bass, Porgies and False Albacore attend these waters making them popular targets. Live bait, trolling, surface poppers, jigging and fly fishing are popular and effective means of landing these species.


Fishing Calendar

Depending on the time of year most Party Boats will fish for the following species:
  • April - May: Winter Flounder, Fluke, Black Fish and Striped Bass
  • June - September: Fluke, Bluefish, Striped Bass, Black Fish
  • October-December: Fluke, Blue Fish, Striped Bass, False Albacore and Black Fish
Many Charter Boats will fish for the same species as the Party Boats and will also fish offshore for Sharks from June - September and Tuna during August through early October.


Some Fishing Tips

  • Surf Fishing is good along all the local beaches especially around jetties.

  • Bluefish are fished all over the sound and will chase bunker up any river. Diving birds are a sure sign there are Bluefish in the area. When on the surface throwing surface poppers canít be beat for excitement! The most popular way to fish for Blues is to anchor your boat chum with ground bunker to attract the fish while dropping back cut bunker. Make sure to use a heavy mono or wire leader since these fish a sharp teeth that will make short order of 10 - 15 lb mono. Night time is great for Bluefish as well.

  • Blackfish is best done by a charter or party boat since you need knowledge and experience to locate and fish wrecks and rock piles. If youíre not in the rocks or on a wreck youíre not going to catch.

    Please be responsible and only keep what you
    intend to eat and practice catch and release!

  • Party Boating - Make sure to arrive early and get a good spot on the boat. You want to stay near the bow or the stern this way you can fish comfortably regardless of the direction the boat is drifting.

  • Charter Boats - Book trips early and make sure you have a species in mind and have a back up spices in case the fish don't cooperate. Make sure and discuss it with the captain so they are prepared and are in agreement. In the case of fishing for Tuna, make sure you are aware of the captains rules as far as keeping fish. Some boats, especially when giant Tuna fishing, will keep most of what their charters catch.