Weekly Fishing Report

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

The Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby has come and gone, and many hope that it takes the weekends winds with it. Congrats to New Hampshire angler Dan Desmarais for winning the $15,000 top prize for his rainbow trout. Shops in Maine and anglers around New England are now setting their sights on the Sebago Lake Derby coming up this weekend. With good ice throughout much of New England, there is no shortage of places to fish, or fish to catch.

MAINE:

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim Moore from Tim Moore Outdoors told us that the fishing continued to improve. “We had a client from Texas for two days last week. He caught so many white perch that he got sick of catching them. He kept some to eat and then we went and caught lake trout,” Tim said. Tim says it doesn’t happen like that every day, but that’s what they’re looking for. He says the number of clients and his ability to be more mobile has a lot to do with it. Tim says the white perch are also nomadic, so just finding them is half the battle some days, but they seem to be doing okay. Tim says he is still getting most of his fish on a white 1/8-ounce Clam Blade Spoon and silver/blue Pinhead Jigging Minnow.

Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago was surprised to see so many people fishing in the high winds on Saturday. He also told us that the big bay on Sebago blew out, but froze back over, but he cautions anglers to be careful. “If we get some snow on that thin ice it will look safe and people might go out there during the Sebago Lake Derby,” Greg said. He reported a lot of small lake trout being caught in Sebago, but the numbers were there. He also told us that the fish being caught are full of alewives. Greg told us that they are catching some nice browns at Hancock Pond.

Dave Garcia at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples told us of a huge (9-pound) splake that was caught in Tricky Pond. He said the giant splake was caught on a live shiner. Dave says it isn’t the only big splake coming from Tricky in the past week. He says that while the fishing has slowed down a bit, the fish he is seeing and hearing about are big. He was optimistic that the fishing would be decent for the upcoming Sebago Derby.

James Eddy Smelt Camps told us that not much has changed, which is a good thing when almost everyone is catching their limit on both the incoming and the outgoing tides. They say the ice is 15”-18” thick and they don’t anticipate much change with the coming weather. They did mention that things should start to slow down soon, so anyone looking to take advantage of the good fishing might want to pull the trigger on a trip soon.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Paul H. from Texas made New Hampshire the 47th state he's caught fish in with some giant Lake Winnipesaukee white perch. Photo courtesy of Tim Moore Outdoors.

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim Moore from Tim Moore Outdoors told us that the fishing continued to improve. “We had a client from Texas for two days last week. He caught so many white perch that he got sick of catching them. He kept some to eat and then we went and caught lake trout,” Tim said. Tim says it doesn’t happen like that every day, but that’s what they’re looking for. He says the number of clients and his ability to be more mobile has a lot to do with it. Tim says the white perch are also nomadic, so just finding them is half the battle some days, but they seem to be doing okay. Tim says he is still getting most of his fish on a white 1/8-ounce Clam Blade Spoon and silver/blue Pinhead Jigging Minnow.

Alan Nute at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith says that he thinks his shop and the Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby saw a record weekend, despite the extreme winds. “The numbers aren’t in yet, but I think it was a record weekend even though we were in and out of smelt,” he said. He did mention that they have since been restocked with smelt. Alan says the ice is good on the big lake and the fishing has been great for almost everyone.

Felix at Suds N’ Soda Sports in Greenland reported that while the local fishing has been good at the Bellamy Reservoir, Willand Pond, the Moat in Newmarket, and a few others, most of their customers have the big lake on their minds. He has been getting good reports of lake trout catches around Center Harbor. Felix also mentioned the blustery (to say the least) weekend. “40MPH wind gusts kept quite a few people off the ice on Saturday, but they seem to have made up for it on Sunday,” Felix said.

Chad at Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports in Dover said the reports were a little slim with most of his customers fishing the Meredith Rotary Derby over the weekend. He mentioned one group who did well catching crappies on the Bellamy reservoir. He also mentioned good rainbow trout fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee. “Most people headed north,” Chad told us.

George Taylor at Taylor’s Trading Post in Madbury said Saturday was pretty much a bust, but there were a few out fishing. “The same old haunts are still perking good,” George told us. He says Pawtuckaway Lake, the Bellamy Reservoir were doing well for crappie and bass, and that Baxter and Swains Lakes were doing well for pickerel and bass for the anglers who were out there.


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