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Long Island Sound Fishing

Long Island Sound Fishing

Long Island Sound was created naturally by ice sheets tearing a deep gouge in the land that is now Connecticut over 22,000 years ago. Sea levels rose from the gouge, which caused fresh and saltwater to mix, creating Long Island Sound. US Congress recognized the sound as an Estuary of National Significance in 1985. Long Island Sound is the most used estuary in North America, and is a favorite destination of many fishermen.

A mixture of marine fish and anadromous fish inhabit Long Island Sound, providing ample options in fish to target. Some of your top options from inshore Long Island Sound fishing are Atlantic Croaker, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, Striped Bass, and Bluefish. Nearshore species that you could target while Long Island Sound fishing include Spanish Mackerel, Black Sea Bass, and Tautog. Many different species of sharks also inhabit this body of water. You could catch them just about anywhere, but your higher chances are nearshore and offshore. Other types of fish that are commonly caught offshore include Bigeye Tuna, Blue Marlin, Mahi-mahi (Dolphinfish), Yellowfin Tuna, and Swordfish.



Long Island Sound Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Long Island Sound, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Striped Bass

  2. Striped Bass

    There is a 28.91% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 6370 Striped Bass counted.

    Long Island Sound Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND STRIPED BASS COUNTS CHART


  3. Winter Flounder

  4. Winter Flounder

    There is a 16.65% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 3669 Winter Flounder counted.

    Long Island Sound Winter Flounder Counts Chart
    Winter

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND WINTER FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  5. Spanish Mackerel

  6. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 13.8% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 3042 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Long Island Sound Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart
    Spanish

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND SPANISH MACKEREL COUNTS CHART


  7. Sheepshead

  8. Sheepshead

    There is a 4.22% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 931 Sheepshead counted.

    Long Island Sound Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND SHEEPSHEAD COUNTS CHART


  9. Sand Seatrout

  10. Sand Seatrout

    There is a 4.02% catch rate for Sand Seatrout, based on 885 Sand Seatrout counted.

    Long Island Sound Sand Seatrout Counts Chart
    Sand

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND SAND SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  11. Scaled Sardine

  12. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 3.18% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 700 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Long Island Sound Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
    Scaled

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND SCALED SARDINE COUNTS CHART


  13. Tautog

  14. Tautog

    There is a 2.94% catch rate for Tautog, based on 647 Tautog counted.

    Long Island Sound Tautog Counts Chart
    Tautog

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND TAUTOG COUNTS CHART


  15. Red Snapper

  16. Red Snapper

    There is a 2.77% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 611 Red Snapper counted.

    Long Island Sound Red Snapper Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND RED SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 2.5% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 552 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Long Island Sound Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
    Hardhead

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND HARDHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Alewife

  20. Alewife

    There is a 1.93% catch rate for Alewife, based on 426 Alewife counted.

    Long Island Sound Alewife Counts Chart
    Alewife

    ENLARGE LONG ISLAND SOUND ALEWIFE COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 107 species of fish and 22036 fish counted for April around Long Island Sound.

To date, there are 183 species of fish and a total of 2750623 fish counted for Long Island Sound and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1844 (180 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 2:34:54 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Long Island Sound are the following:

  1. WALCOTT WRECK


  2. Patchogue Grounds
    Patchogue Grounds is a rocky area that is well known for catching Bluefish, Sea Bass, and Cod. Can hold lots of eels.


  3. Shinnecock Reef


  4. The Boat


  5. Sugar Barge


  6. Herod Point Shoal
    Herod Point Shoal


  7. wreck-5460


  8. Nates Spot
    Nates Spot


  9. wreck-5735


  10. Summer Flounder5


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Top Long Island Sound Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Surfcaster Co


  2. Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle
    With no shortage of knowledge and expertise, coupled with a fully stocked store front...you'd be hard pressed not find what your looking for, or perhaps be introduced to new gear and strategies, to bring home the fish your after.

  3. J&H Outlet Inc


  4. Burnett's Marina-Bait & Tackle


  5. J&J Sports Inc
    Welcome to J&J Sports-Patchogue Fishing Center's commerce store JJsportsfishing.com. For all your fishing tackle needs.

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Top Long Island Sound Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Celtic Quest Fishing
    We offer Daily Open Boat trips for all fish in season. We are also available for private charters and parties for groups up to 100 people. All Rods, Bait and tackle are included with your fare.

  2. Captain Fish Port Jefferson
    Professional fishing charter business for hire. Novice to experienced, family,friends and kids welcome aboard! Full service charter boat fishing will take you fishing for the day. All supplies included. 2-4 people recommended, but up to 5 passenger l

  3. Hooked on Fishing Charters
    Hooked on Fishing Charters offers private fishing charters out of Stratford CT. Captain Rick Dayhuff fishes Long Island Sound as well as the surrounding bays, harbors and rivers. The main targets are striped bass, bluefish, fluke, porgies, blackfish,

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Top Long Island Sound Marinas

  1. Caswell Cove Marina
    Caswell Cove Marina is a private marina catering to its slip owners and our seasonal slip renters. Newcomers are welcome, we have approximately 70 slips available for seasonal rental and also have select slips available to purchase. We cater only to

  2. West Cove Marina Co-Op


  3. Ralph's Fishing Station & Marina


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