Weekly Fishing Report 2/15/21
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine & New Hampshire
Week of February 15, 2021
Ice conditions have improved with the recent cold temperatures and there are lots of anglers taking advantage of having more places to fish. Reports are that trout laker, brown, and brook trout fishing is good on Winnipesaukee, Sebago, and Moosehead. Panfish reports are scattered, but those targeting them are generally doing well. More anglers being able to spread out means less pressure on select waters, which means better fishing overall.
Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago reported a productive weekend in the Sebago region. “They’re fishing the Lower Bay now and it’s frozen out to Fry’s Island, but it’s still sketchy out that far. I don’t think they are driving snowmobiles out much farther than the Lower Bay,” he said. He tells us that he received a report from one group of anglers who caught over 100 lake trout up to 7-pounds, many of them 28-32” long. Greg said that there was a 7-pound salmon caught on Tricky Pond over the weekend as well. He said that many of the lake trout are coming on jigs, but the salmon and browns being caught are coming with live bait on Jaw Jackers. He says that it has been different from one day to the next, with one day being on fire and the next day dead. The Sebago Lake Ice Fishing Derby is coming up this weekend and Greg says they should be in good shape for ice anglers heading out.
Vern at Cobbossee Bait in Winthrop told us that he had a very productive weekend. “We’ve had a lot of people coming in telling us that the fishing is very good on Maranacook right now, between the brook trout, brown trout, and salmon,” he said. He said that The Narrows (upper and lower) have been getting a lot of fishing effort and he has had good reports of some 3-5 pound lake trout landed and quite a few brook trout caught. Vern says he hasn’t had any reports from Cobbossee over the weekend, but there are a lot of people fishing there. With a gentleman renting ice fishing shacks on the lake, Vern has a lot of new customers this year. You can contact him at (207) 557-4308 for shack rental details.
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors tells us that he had a good time fishing the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby with friends over the weekend. He says the lake trout bite was good, but ice conditions kept him from venturing out to his usual derby white perch spots. He did mention that his clients have been dong very well catching lake trout and white perch on Winnipesaukee. “Tip ups have been the method of choice for the past week, so it was nice when my clients were able to get several on the jigs recently,” he said. Tim tells us that smelt has been the only thing catching fish on tip ups lately. “You can fish emeralds or other shiners, but from what I’ve seen you’re wasting your money most days on Winnipesaukee,” The fish will usually swim right by your shiners to get to our smelt,” he told us. Tim says they are still doing well on the 1/8-ounce white or pink Clam Blade Spoon, but he noted an uptick in action with the ¼-ounce gold Leech Flutter Spoon.
Lon Berry at Berry’s Bait located behind Johnsons Restaurant in New Durham reported a very busy weekend at his shop with the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby taking center stage. “It’s been decent fishing all the way around. It’s not bad fishing, but it’s not the top of the line fishing we sometimes see,” he said. Lon says that some of the bigger bays on Winnipesaukee are up one week and down the next. He says that ice conditions have improved substantially across the board. They are seeing a foot or better of ice on smaller ponds and the big lake seems to be doing well. “It was a busy derby weekend. We want to thank everyone who came by,” he added. Lon says they still have plenty of bait and they are surprisingly well-stocked up on lures.
Mike Crouthamel at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester also reported a very busy weekend. “Despite hearing that Winnipesaukee was kind of quiet this year during the derby, we had probably the biggest turnout I’ve seen in a long time,” he said. He told us that Pleasant Lake in Deerfield is producing some decent trout fishing but warns anglers to be careful of thinner ice in the middle of the lake. Mike says they will be keeping up with their bait supply through the rest of ice fishing season. He wanted to remind people that there are still lots of ice fishing derbies coming up. You can view a complete list of all ice fishing derbies at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/tournaments-ice.html
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