Connecticut Crappie and Pike Fishing with Kyle Quine

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We interview a lot of bass anglers from Connecticut here at DockTalk365 but I noticed that Kyle Quine does a lot of fishing for two other not as popular Connecticut species, crappie and northern pike. So while we do talk about some of Kyle’s bass fishing, we mostly focus this interview on his crappie and northern pike Connecticut fishing. Kyle caught the monster near record crappie pictured here earlier this year and is focused on beating the State record next year. Also, his northern pike advice for fishing Connecticut is spot on.

You post a lot of photos of people catching some impressive fish on your Instagram. Why is it important to you to have a feed that is more than just about your own catches?

It is Important to me because I get to share pictures of catches all over the state of Connecticut, and beyond in some cases. Sometimes I’m actually out there with these people so I enjoy being able to share my experiences on the water with others. But I also get pictures sent to me so I have a constant feed of information and pictures so people know whats going on out there. So I feel as if I’m a source of this information, and I network with anglers here in Connecticut.

You certainly do post some impressive catches of your own. What are your favorite Connecticut waters to fish?

Thank you and I actually fish all over the state. I am located on Candlewood Lake and have been my whole life so it is my #1 place to be. Mostly because the smallmouth fishing is some of the best in the Northeast. However, I do enjoy fishing Lake Lillinonah because its very productive since the water is always moving, fish are almost always active and hungry.

Bantam because the bathymetry is great and its quite predictable to fish year round for trophy pike and bass.

Lower Housatonic River because I’ve fished it for more than half my life during the striper run in the spring as well as holdover fish. But also for the giant carp that it holds.

Squantz Pond because its connected to Candlewood and the large population of alewives make everything BIG. Definitely my favorite trout water in the state and the walleye are excellent too. Double digit browns and eyes are never out of the question.

Since I’m located on the western side of the state those are all easy to get to bodies of water for me and have proven to be quite productive as well.

What was your best day of fishing in 2016?

My best day of fishing this year was definitely while I tracked crappie prespawn and into the spawn. I fished every night for about two weeks straight and I caught a lot of slab crappie until late one night/into the early morning I landed a near record fish. What made it great was that I caught the biggest crappie of my life and got a picture with it then I was able to set her free to spawn.

You are prostaff for some cool companies. What can you tell us about each of the companies you represent and what you like about their products?

I’ve done the prostaff thing for big and small companies and I’ve found that I really enjoy helping the smaller guys out because its more rewarding.

Cobra Bait – Cobra Bait is run by a gentlemen named Johnathan Weeks. He was a tournament bass angler with great knowledge of the sport and he makes some killer baits. He pours his heart and soul into every mold and creates some unique soft plastics that work very well. The Sad Shad is a striper slayer but is also a popular lure for freshwater bass and pike.

Entyzer Jigs – I’ve worked with them for a few years now and I’m able to get any kind of jig I want for crappie and bass. This is another company where the owner puts quality first and ties some amazing and creative jigs that work very well. I caught my biggest crappie on an Entyzer jig so that kind of says it all right there.

Brush Pile Fishing Attractant – I’ve never really tried using attractants much in the past but I was given a bottle to try and after using it I saw how much more I was catching then I realized that this stuff was the real deal. So I started to use it often for everything. The formula has been in the owner’s family for over thirty years so its something that has been tested time and time again which makes me believe in it that much more.

Quine’s Fins – This is obviously my own page to feature all that is fishing in my life and a place to share others pictures and stories both on Facebook and Instagram. I also hold fishing seminars occasionally and teach basic fishing lessons to kids and families.

You write for OnTheWater.com, what is your favorite topic to write about when it comes to fishing?

I’ve written for a few different magazines now and I always do what projects are given to me but I also just write in my spare time because I enjoy writing about what I love. I dabble in all kinds of fishing but I guess you could say that crappie fishing is my main interest. I enjoy writing about it because I’ve devoted much of my life to chasing these fish. Crappie fishing isn’t terribly popular up here so I like to write about it a lot in hopes that I get others interested in pursuing crappie too.

I loved your recent post titled “Freshwater Fall Runs Part 3: Pike Parade“. I had never conceptualized what big pike do as a “Run” but I love thinking about it from that perspective. What are your favorite northern pike lures and how do you like to fish them in the fall?

Thanks for reading my work and following me. Pike fishing is prime in the fall and my go to lures for them are usually these three if not jumbo fallfish or pond shiners. Live bait is almost fool proof

J11 Fire Tiger Rapala – fished at a steady retrieve with the occasional hard twitch and pause. The wild colors get an aggression strike more than anything

Large Spoons – Either silver or gold, I have better luck with gold in the fall. Steady and slow retrieve to give it a nice wobble and appear as easy prey.

1oz Booyah spinner baits with gold blades – Fished the same as spoons. Its a bit larger profile with multiple blades so it looks like a sluggish school of bait fish.

In the article you list 4 rivers, Housatonic, Connecticut, Sudbury, Merrimack. Can you give us a description of each water when it comes to fishing them  for northern pike in the fall and other times of the year?

Fishing any of these rivers are the same in the fall and in the spring you are just starting backwards. It all reverses, I suppose. However the Housatonic also incorporates Lillinonah, Zoar and Lake Housatonic which are impoundments of the riverine system. The three lakes that are dammed off make it easier to find where fish and bigger fish will be when transitioning. Dams and backwater coves are keys spots. The upper and lower Housatonic offer good fish as well along the main stretches.

Summer time is tougher to catch big fish as they are hanging deeper along rocky points and three way rigging large bait fish and trolling big cranks are best in the three lakes I’ve mentioned. The Connecticut River is huge and tracking fishing into confluences with other rivers as well as coves is the norm during the fall and in the spring they move back out to spawn. The Merrimack is another tidal river much like the Connecticut and Housatonic so its the same tactics along the river. The Sudbury is the least stellar of the three. Its small and offers a lot of action but its more so quantity over quality.

What are your goals for you and your fishing in 2017?

My goal for 2017 is to do more filming because I have tons of pictures but not a lot of video. My biggest goal is to beat the record crappie for CT. It will be hard but if I put in my time it just might happen.

This is why I do DockTalk365.com. This is the type of detailed local angler knowledge that you will rarely find anywhere else. Thank you Kyle for providing it to us.

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