> 802-241-3700, vtfishandwildlife.com
BEST STRIPERS FROM SHORE FOR SEASONED ANGLERS IN RHODE ISLAND
When the sand eels, silversides, and squid come around scenic Sandy Point on Block Island’s northern tip in late May, striped bass follow in early June, with sea bass and fluke later that month. Twin Maples Bait and Tackle owner John Swienton says fish line up off the point’s long sandbar waiting for bait when the tide’s running. It’s best when the sun drops below the horizon line in evening and at morning’s first light.
> 401-466-5547, twinmaplesblockisland.com
BEST TROUT FOR KIDS IN CONNECTICUT
Stratton Brook State Park
Connecticut’s 11 state trout parks are designed to hook kids on fishing. The stocked waterways also have amenities attractive to moms and dads — restrooms and picnic tables — like at Stratton Brook State Park in Simsbury outside Hartford. “We really want to make it a very positive experience for kids,” says Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection biologist Neal Hagstrom.
> 860-424-3474, www.ct.gov/deep/fishing
BEST MACKEREL FROM A NEW HAMPSHIRE BRIDGE
Goat Island Bridge
With its supports, rocks, sand, mud, and night lights, the Goat Island Bridge on Route 1B between Portsmouth and New Castle where the Piscataqua River meets the sea is a happening place. Though striped bass are prized, baitfish also rule and mackerel stick around, bigger as the season progresses. “They tend to come in June and hang around until winter hits,” says New Hampshire Fish and Game marine biologist Becky Heuss.
> 603-868-1095, fishnh.com
BEST BASS BY BOAT IN MAINE
Some of the state’s heftiest smallmouth and largemouth bass have been caught in 5,500-acre Cobbosseecontee Lake. Islands, inlets, coves, drop-offs, and rocky shorelines make it bass tournament-friendly. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Doug Rafferty suggests the midsection starting by Horseshoe Island. There’s a boat launch off Route 135 in Monmouth.
> 207-287-8000, maine.gov/ifw
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