Weekly Fishing Report 9/14/20

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts

Week of September 14, 2020

It’s that time of year when hunting seasons put fishing on the back burner for many anglers. For those still fishing, there is no shortage of opportunities. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are beginning to spending more time in shallow water, striped bass are beginning their migration, which means new fish could arrive in your favorite spot any day now, lake trout jigging is on fire, salmon are still biting well, and black crappie are schooling up to feed. Many anglers are reporting that you just need to go fishing and your chances are very good right now.


Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago reports some good fishing over the past week on Sebago Lake. He said he had reports of some very big salmon caught, and many of them were released. He says the hot bite has been in Jordan Bay. Greg says the key has been finding the schools of alewives. For lake trout anglers, Greg says he was pleased to hear that many are finding togue in 90’ – 120’ of water. He says he also had some good reports of some big brook trout and splake catches from Tricky Pond. Greg expects reports to slow down, as bear, turkey, and expanded archery hunting seasons have begun, which will likely divert many anglers’ attention.


Paul and his daughter Ella took advantage of some great late-season fishing. Photo courtesy of Tim Moore Outdoors. 

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors had just returned from his annual Kayak University event on Squam Lake. He says the fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee has been very good. “We have been having the best season of vertical jigging that we’ve had in the past few years, and the salmon are still biting,” he said. Tim says the salmon they are catching are some of the biggest he’s seen in a very long time. Tim says there are some really nice rainbow trout mixed in with the salmon too. His best trolling catches are coming on streamer flies with red, yellow, or orange in them. His go-to lake trout lures are still blue ½-ounce Daddy Mac Elite Ice or Albie jigs, and the 1.4-ounce Nervous Minnow. He reports slower fishing on the striper coast, as cooler water may be pushing some fish south. He says there are still tons of schoolie stripers in the Piscataqua River and suspects that a hardcore angler with a few eels could do well at night in some of the shallow slower waters of the upper river or in along the rocks of the ocean front.

Alan Nute at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith says the fishing is still strong on Lake Winnipesaukee, but things are winding down. He says there were some nice fish caught over the weekend, but overall it was hit or miss from what he heard. He says the lake trout jigging is good right now, with some reports of as many as 30 fish in a morning. He says the salmon and rainbow are still down around 40-feet. “One day they’re on and one day they’re off, so if you can hit a good day, you’re all set,” he said. He also told us that he has had a few decent white perch reports.

In Madbury, George Taylor at Taylor’s Trading Post told us that things have been slow in his area. “We are seeing more recreational kayakers on the Bellamy than anglers lately. The water is low, so the fish are more condensed. They should be easier to find for those willing to look,” he said. He is still getting a few trout reports from local ponds and rivers, but nothing consistent. George says hunting seasons are causing many to hang up their rods for the year.


Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plumb Island reports a lot of little fish, but there are some big bluefish around and the boat anglers are doing pretty well on them. She heard some reports from anglers who headed north and from some Maine anglers who came in to buy eels that there are some big stripers holding off the coast of Ogunquit lately. She hopes they will make their way by Plum Island on their way south. Martha told us that there are some anglers with 4X4s and drive-on permits who have been catching 40-inch plus stripers from the beach using clams.

Pete Santini of Fishing Finatics in Everett says there are tons of little bonitos mixed in with the mackerel in Boston Harbor. He says the striper fishing has been hit or miss, but there have been some big fish in Nahant and Winthrop, but the east winds over the weekend blew a lot of fish out temporarily. He said there have been a lot of schoolies in the harbor between the airport and Spectacle Island. Pete reports the haddock fishing is still good in deep water off of Scituate.

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