Blue Crab fishing is a perfect family activity during August. All that is needed is a net, some string, and bait. A quick stop at the local market for some chicken legs or wings and you are in business. Everyone seems to have their own favorite way to crab, some prefer to use traps and others the hand line method. Either way or both work great. The hand line method is a bit more challenging as the crabs engage in a tug of war. Check out the DEEP Blue Crabfact sheet for more information. No license is required and there is no daily limit (but please only take what you can use). A keeper hardshell crab will be at least 5 inches (tip of spike to tip of spike) and softshell crabs must be at least 3 1/2 inches. Egg bearing females must be released upon capture.
Northern Pike are the largest freshwater predator Connecticut has to offer. Pike are currently cruising the transitions from deeper water to the shallows. Find these areas by working the outside edges of aquatic vegetation. Some tips to land one of these monsters include using large plastic swimbaits, rapalas, live minnows or white suckers for bait. These are big fish with teeth – so keep your tackle on the heavy side using a strong monofilament or steel leader!