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Marky2002S



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Location: Middlebury, CT

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:31 pm    Post subject: CT river striper on a kayak. Reply with quote

Im looking to launch in the CT river this weekend to catch some stripers, anybody have any suggestions on where to launch?
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dogfishhead



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say don't waste your time, the river was already flooded from the snow melt up north and now with this raid today u'd be better off fishing some local lake for stockies this weekend.

In Cromwell the river is up to the road towards the boat launch....
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Marky2002S



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't really think about the snow melt, good call though. Thanks. My mind is a few weeks ahead of mother nature.
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PECo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the Connecticut River is anything like the Housatonic River, you should launch way downriver, perhaps at the Baldwin Bridge. If you don't want to brave the currents there, I've found holdovers in the warm water discharge at the power plant in Hartford. You could easily launch a kayak into the cove in front of the power plant from Charter Oak Landing.
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Marky2002S



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Would you recommend one spot over the other?
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TT



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ct. river is above flood stage, muddy and full of debris. Not a place I would be fishing right now.
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AVec80X



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd be nuts to venture out on the river anywhere North of Essex!!!
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ct/nwis/uv/?site_no=01190070&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060
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Marky2002S



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wont be going this weekend but am still interested in good locations to try out for when it calms down.
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AVec80X



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of places to launch around the Middletown area:
- Harbor Park (Wesleyan Crew Boat Ramp) - Free
- River Rd & Eastern Drive Intersection in Middletown - Roadside parking for 2 cars - Launch from the rocky beach
- Cromwell Boat Ramp - launch 200 yards South of the ramp on the beach (ramp & docks are members only)
- Rt 17 near Portland Fair Grounds - 5 free roadside parking spots - carry yak over guardrail and beach launch
- Portland Boat Works Boat Ramp - $5 for kayakers, huge parking lot, paved ramp
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PECo



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been down to Charter Oak Landing in a while, but the cove in front of the powerplant is fairly well protected from the current in the main channel of the river. It's worth a look if you just need to get on the water somewhere.
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Marky2002S



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate all the info, I am excited to try waters that are new to me. I've been a lake large mouth bass chaser my whole life. CT River looks like it holds some beautiful fish.
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PECo



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marky2002S wrote:
I appreciate all the info, I am excited to try waters that are new to me. I've been a lake large mouth bass chaser my whole life. CT River looks like it holds some beautiful fish.

If you can fish in flooded forest, right now, do it. Throw a spinnerbait through the trees.
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