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Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Lake Pocotopaug, Ct.
« on: June 25, 2011, 11:16:23 AM »
I was recently told this lake is producing good fish. The lake is approx. 517 acres of surface area and is the largest in Ct. It is located near East Haddam. I looked it up online and in my Ct. lakes & streams and it is listed as "no public access". Someone told me he was near there on a trip and there is a state owned boat launch. Does anyone have any knowledge of this lake and is there any access to it? Seems like a large lake to be locked down to the public. Anyone know for sure?


Northeast US Lake Conditions / Boy Scout Pond
« on: May 26, 2011, 11:40:47 AM »
Got out on the lake on Tues late morning around 10:30. Water was very clear, water temps in the low to mid 60's.

The coontail was growing like mad, lillys mostly still under water but starting to unfurl. Didn't see a single bed anywhere, but the fish were actively hitting the frog thrown in or near the lilly areas. I threw jigs, square billed crank, spinner bait without a hit all day. I had hits all afternoon on the frog, no slime balls either just bass. Several small fish bit off more than they could get in their mouths (LOL) but I got 5 quality bass around 2 - 2.5 lbs. All in all a nice day, cloudy in the am and mostly sunny after lunch. One more thing, the floating dock is all new and the ramp and porta john was quality. And I was the only boat on the lake!  ;D

Northeastbass.Com Lodging / Ames Farms @ Lake Winnipesaukee
« on: September 14, 2010, 08:56:11 PM »
I stayed here for a few days 2 weeks ago and had a great time once the wind laid down some. They have rooms, houses, and 10 cottages right on the shore in Gilford. My cottage was literally 25 feet from the lakes edge with a private beach area. I researched most of the resorts on the lake before going up and chose this one since they have their own (2) paved launches. The cottages range from 1 bedroom models to 2 & 3 room versions. They are complete with kitchens, full baths, living room with awesome views of the lake and screen porches. The resort is located on the western shore and each morning I had my coffee and watched some great sunrises over the mountains. Did I mention that the smallies were cooperating too?!!  ;D BTW, lake Winni has landlocked salmon and lake trout too. I had a great fight with a laker that eventually had the fish the winner but it was unexpected that it picked up my swim bait on the fall and ran off almost a hundred feet of 10lb line before I got a handle on what happened to my cast, lol. Sadly, my line parted after a while. Man I was having a fantasy about that fish fry after getting a look at that huge trout......

The rate for my cottage was only $125 and was well worth it. Give them a try if you go up. The launches were paved and wide enough easily for my boat with ample parking. The ramps are only open to resort guests.

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Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Bashan Lake, CT
« on: April 20, 2010, 08:27:45 PM »
The water level is up about a foot above normal. The launch area is open and graded to a usable condition, with no facilities available as of today's date. You are going to get your feet wet so go prepared as usual.

Water surface temps ranged from 52.6 to 54.8 regardless of depth of the lake. There were no visible signs of spawning/bedding fish in any of the shallow areas. Noticeably absent for this time of year were the ever present trout enthusiasts that normally are patrolling the deeper areas. I did not spot any schools of the trout that are normally stocked at this time either. Some smaller fish were hitting on drop shots in 15' -17' of water on the weed lines using downsized finesse baits. No action on any crank baits of any type (read threw the kitchen sink) as I cranked for several hours. Electronics spotted a few isolated fish in the 20'-30'  range in the deep part of the lake. I had hoped the fish may have been moving up and staging but not yet.

Note: There is a Bridgeport based Southern Ct Bass Club holding an event there this coming weekend.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Pattagansett & Powers
« on: April 05, 2010, 06:45:46 PM »
Patti is full of water but the launch area is available with no problems. A few boats were on the lake today with small success. FYI, the rowing club is in full swing in the afternoons after school lets out. The kids had 8-10 sculls out on the lake going constantly.

Powers lake looked ok with water levels about normal, however the launch access road is closed until repairs are made. I have a 4 wheel jeep and eased my way down the washed out road to take the look see, but the size of the ruts (12 - 16") deep makes it very unlikely you could tow the rig in there safely.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / No one is fishing?
« on: October 13, 2009, 12:18:58 PM »
Hello all. I'm not seeing too many local fishing reports from anyone this fall so here are a couple from Ct.

Amos Lake: Due to the dropping water temps and air temps, morning bite has been off. Late morning to mid day moderate bites and a few quality fish. Late pm and early evening the bite was on with frogs in the lillys and also quality fish off the points and drops on deep spinners worked the best for me.

Boy Scout Lake: Nice quality fish on plastics still up in the shallows. I caught fish all times of the day here. Water temps are down 10 degrees.

Quinebaug River: Small SMB are schooling in the river bends with rocky shoals. The Johnsons cove area produced a limit of all 3 lbs and up in the late evening. Not much happening below the waterfall cove area towards the dam, just a few small lmb.

Bashan Lake: A few quality lmb available to those willing to fish hard. The fishing was off all season on this normally good lake. Many small fish are still available at all times of the day, but the morning bite was off in all the spots I know that normally produce well.

Overall this was a frustrating season with all those temp variations confusing the fish regarding when to spawn this spring. I caught only 2 fish this spring with eggs, WOW!!! I did manage 7 fish over 5 lbs this season but the hours committed to getting them was out of proportion. I'm still in the learning curve here in New England compared to my knowledge of Florida fishing where I learned to fish, but dedicated to getting better as always. I hope you guys had a decent season as compared to fishing in S.E. Ct. Good Luck to all and I hope to see more fishing reports from the local waters. It is always nice to see the hawgs getting caught in Texas, but I'm fishing here. The local reports allow me to see what's going on and where so I can schedule a few trips each year to explore what's available in Ct. & R.I. Thanks for posting when you can!

JD :)

The Hawg Forum / Kudos to Northeasttrophybass
« on: September 27, 2009, 08:27:19 PM »
Just wanted to say Thank You for the great posts on fishing techniques and tackle. Ever since I joined the forums here I seen a lot of posts from the various contributors here sharing tips and techniques with all who register and read here. All of those new posts you made were great and Thanks Again for sharing your expertise with us!! Same goes to all of you and your willingness to help out everyone from novice to experts. Great Forums Curt  ;D


Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Anyone been to Worden's Pond?
« on: August 01, 2009, 05:28:01 AM »
Hi guys!

I ventured over to RI recently after getting my RI license back in Feb. I hit Wordens knowing that on such a clear bright day I was getting there way to late in the morning but wanted to try it out. The shoreline grass looked perfect for running a spinner bait but no hits at all. I picked up 3 small largemouth near the rocky area along the eastern shore on a hula grub, but that was the high point of my day. I had a couple of short strikes on a frog at the northern end in all the grass but no hook ups. I was surprised to see that the main lake depth was so shallow averaging only 4 - 5 feet. That would make the whole lake prime water. I would like to fish there again soon and was wondering if any of you might share your expertise on this lake?


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