Weekly Fishing Report 9/6/21
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts
Week of September 6, 2021
We hope you all had a fun Labor Day weekend. The weather was good, and the fishing was better. Stripers are still hanging around the coast, but cooler waters have started the fall migration. Many anglers and guides are reporting some big fish lately. The inland lakes are also heating up with landlocked salmon and lake trout reports coming in more frequently. The fish know fall is coming and coldwater species are feeding to prepare for spawning season. Hunting season might be upon us, but many consider it a mistake to put their boats away right now. Kayak anglers might find the lack of boat traffic and angler pressure to work in their favor as well.
Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago had better info to report this week than last. “Well, they’re finding alewives in the bellies of the lake trout they’re catching. So, that’s encouraging,” he said. Greg says anglers are doing well up off the Songo River and along the western shore down toward the Camel’s Pasture. He says a lot of people are beginning to fish shallower water, which with the presence of alewives in the bellies of lake trout means the annual alewife gorging is about to happen. Greg was happy to hear about the lake trout feeding on alewives with the upcoming Sebago Lake trout derby this coming weekend. “The salmon from Sebago are looking a little better too,” he told us.
Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark in Ogunquit furnished the following report on their website from a recent trip: “The fishing was marred, again, by dogfish. So, if you included dogfish in your definition of fishing, and you disliked them as much as I do, you would call the fishing just fair. Despite the dogfish, the catching was good to very good, excellent if you, indeed, love dogfish. Landings were good in count, very good for average size. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included eighteen haddock, nine cusk, four whiting and thirty mackerel. Released fish included over two hundred dogfish, four cod of 5-pounds or better, four short haddock, eight small cod, a sculpin and a couple mackerel. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies worked the best.”
“Dick Grimm (ME) was high hook with the most legal fish. His largest fish was an 11.5-pound pollock. Joe Columbus (MA) was second hook. I don't believe that Ian weighed any of Joe's fish. Jeff Murphy (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the healthiest 20-pound pollock I have seen this year so far. It had a very big girth. Maybe a new arrival to the area? This pollock ties for the fifth largest pollock of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. We have only caught six slammers (pollock of 20 pounds or better) this season so far. The second largest fish was a 14-pound pollock, caught by Bill Grenier, Jr. (RI). Will Fontaine (VT) caught the third largest fish, a 13-pound pollock. He also caught a pollock that weighed 10 pounds.”
“Other Angler Highlights: McKinley Murphy (ME) caught a 9.5-pound pollock, his best fish. Ron Covey (VT) caught a pollock that weighed 11.5 pounds. Bill Grenier, Sr. (RI) caught a 10.5-pound pollock. Randy Clark (VT) boated a 10-pound pollock. Stephen Leonardis (NJ) landed the hard luck award for not catching a single legal fish. Of course, we didn't count the dogfish!”
Dave Garcia at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples tells us that the rain has triggered some of the salmon to start moving into the tributaries on Sebago lately. “It’s not a bad time to get the flyrod out with some prince nymphs or beadhead pheasant tails and start drifting a few nymphs on the Crooked River or one of the other rivers that are open for fall fishing,” he said. Dave tells us that he has seen some “huge white perch” that were recently caught on Long Lake ranging from 1-pound to 2-pounds. He was hoping to head out and give them a try in the next few days himself.
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors reported that the lake trout are snapping up Daddy Mac Lures jigs like crazy right now. He says the fish are in their pre-fall pattern of deep water feeding and his trips are counting double digit fish. “Most days you can’t do anything wrong. Of course we have had a few slower mornings, but that just means 10 fish rather than 20,” he said.
Jason Brewster at Brewster’s Bait and Tackle in Portsmouth furnished the following fishing report: “Gorgeous Labor Day weekend in the river. It’s been a great year. One guy in the ship was switching to sea bass as he had "caught enough" stripers for the year. Outstanding. Lots of first timers in to check out the monster we just put on the wall. Come take a look.”
Captain Les Eastman at Eastman’s Docks in Seabrook furnished the following report on their website: “With the extra four hours we were able to find some large pollock and haddock in good numbers. Six to seven-hundred keeper fish for the 50 on the marathon and slow on the charters and 8-hour trips. Now that we know where the fish are we’ll try to get all boats there tomorrow. Room tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. Saturday, Sunday and Monday are sold out. Six packs as most always did excellent.”
Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island reported that the southern end of Plum Island was boiling with blitzing bluefish…and almost as many boats. “There were bluefish everywhere, and the next day they were gone. The mackerel are still scarce, so the blues must still be kicking around,” she said. She had reports of a bluefish that weighed 14-pounds. On the striper front, she says it’s mostly schoolie reports, but she has seen pictures of some over slot fish. She says many of the bigger fish seem to be coming on the troll right now. She says there are little peanut bunker and silver sides around. Martha says they just got sea worms back in stock after a short dry spell with high running low tides.
Pete Santini at Fishing Finatics in Everett tells us that they had one of the biggest striper blitzes of the season inside Boston Harbor from Castle Island all the way down to the Tobin Bridge. “They were getting fish up to 40-pounds on anything you threw at them. Tubes, shads, you name it. It was wild,” he said. Pete says the harbor is loaded with pogies, and there are still quite a few fluke up in the Pines River, but they are starting to thin out with cooler water. He says bucktail jigs with Gulp is hitting well.
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