Weekly Fishing Report 3/1/21
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine & New Hampshire
Week of March 1, 2021
It seems like Old Man Winter can’t decide whether to release his grip or not. Warm weather has some anglers concerned, but good ice conditions have others feeling more relaxed. While the stocked trout fishing seems to be slowing down a bit, warmwater fishing and lake trout fishing is steady. Smallmouth bass, white perch, crappie, and yellow perch have all been reported as biting well. As temperatures fluctuate, safety should be in the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago reported that the fishing was still pretty good on Sebago. He said that as usual, some are doing better than others. While many were worried about the recent warm weather, Greg was optimistic. “It looks like it’s going to cool off again, enough to actually even make a little ice,” he said. Greg said that jigging was the preferred method for lake trout. Greg told us that a slow day of jigging lake trout is when you wait more than 20-minutes for a hit. He had a report of a 35-inch lake trout that he saw caught. He told us that many anglers are heading out in the evenings to fish for cusk, and many are doing well. He has had reports of cusk up to 8-pounds. Greg reports that the fishing on Hancock Pond was also good, with a very mixed bag of fish.
Vern at Cobbossee Bait in Winthrop told us that all their slush has hardened up good and the lakes are finally passable again. “The slush has been just horrible and the slush has just been swallowing you up,” he said. He says there has been a lot of fishing effort on Cobbossee and he was excited about the upcoming Cony Project Graduation Ice Fishing Derby on Cobbossee. Vern says there are a lot of good prizes awarded for smaller fish, which he says will help the fishery stay healthy. He reported that live bait is what he is hearing about catching most of the fish.
The folks at James Eddy Smelt Camps told us that they are still fishing, and the fishing and ice is good. They currently have 15 camps on the ice. They expect to be fishing for at least another week.
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors says that the lake trout and white perch bite has been on the slow side for him this week. He says that the fish they are catching are almost exclusively coming on 1/8-ounce Blade Spoons. “Most of our fish have been caught on tip ups with smelt, but we’ve also had larger groups this week, which limits our mobility and our ability to find fish when they aren’t moving. Tim was hopeful about the coming week as things seemed to be turning on with the recent rains.
Lon Berry at Berry’s Bait located behind Johnsons Restaurant in New Durham told us that the fishing has been pretty good on Winnipesaukee lately. He said that the white perch are mainly coming on live smelt, but some anglers have reported good catches while jigging. Lon says the usual cast of characters (Clam Blade Spoons and Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoons) are catching quite a few fish.
Mike Crouthamel at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester was worried about the ice in southern NH. “The days are getting too warm to even keep ice,” he said. As far as trout goes, Mike told us that many of the trout lakes and ponds are slowing down, but he is still getting reports from Tower Hill Pond. When we asked for the hot lure this week he reported that the Guide Special Jigging Spoon and tungsten jigs are doing very well. He did say that edges on many of his local waters are still fishable, but he encourages anglers to use caution.
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