Weekly Fishing Report 6/29/20

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts

Week of June 29, 2020

The fishing reports are in favor of the fishermen (and women) right now. We have heard reports of some big stripers in front of Brave Boat Harbor in York, the mouth of the Piscataqua River, and the Merrimack River. Salmon are biting on Sebago Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee and the lake trout appear to be setting up in deep water. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are still hitting topwater too! A little much needed rain should improve trout fishing in rivers for those itching to wet a fly, or a worm.


Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago says that the reports indicate that the younger salmon have been biting lately. He says the lake trout fishing has slowed down a bit too. “When the bait moves the fish move with them, but the fishermen don’t always follow,” he said. He also speculates that temperature changes have a lot to do with the change in the fishing. Greg says you can spend all summer waiting for those fish to come back to those areas, or you can spend your time looking for them. He suggests covering more and different water to those struggling to find salmon or lake trout.

Dave Garcia at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples was happy to report that there are a staggering amount of people fishing right now. He says that on Sebago, there are several anglers who are getting on the water by 4:30AM and fishing until around 6AM and doing very well trolling for salmon using DB Smelt spoons, any with orange in them. Dave says the topwater bass bite has been very good in the mornings. He noted Hancock pond as a local hot spot. Dave was hopeful that the recent rains will help bring the rivers up a bit and make for improved trout fishing


Many anglers are staying busy inshore catching stripers in kayaks on light tackle. Photo courtesy of Tim Moore Outdoors.

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim of Tim Moore Outdoors told us that the fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee has been improving, with some very nice salmon and rainbow trout being caught early in the morning and later in the day. “We are catching a lot of five-year-old salmon that are measuring up to 24-inches long, and a pile of rainbows to 4-pounds,” he said. Tim says he will be “poking around” the lake looking to vertical jig a few lake trout. He hopes to have a good report for his virtual seminar on Vertical Jigging Lake Trout on the Tim Moore Outdoors Facebook page Thursday July 9 at 6:30PM EDT. Tim tells us that while he had a few slow striped bass kayak fishing guide trips last week, there are still a lot of fish around. He says the drop off in fish is due to cooler temperatures and cooling water temps. “The temps where we have been catching a lot of fish cooled a degree while we were fishing the other day,” he says. He was encouraged though by some sightings of squid jumping to get away from stripers feeding below. Tim says the arrival of squid always seems to hold fish in the Piscataqua River

Alan Nute at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith was back from fishing the LCI Derby on Lake Champlain last week. He says the lake trout are beginning to respond well to jigging there and guesses that anglers who put a little time in on Lake Winnipesaukee will also find them willing to cooperate. He was pleased to hear that the salmon and rainbow trout trolling bites have improved and says that, “almost any fly with golden pheasant crest in it is working well right now.” Apparently, there are a lot of very nice five year old salmon being caught lately. He says he has some customers who are also doing well trolling a Sutton Spoon. Alan reports that the topwater bass bite is still strong right now.

Chad at Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports reports good fishing almost everywhere you look this week. “The fishing is awesome all the way around right now,” he said. He reports big stripers feeding on pogies along the ocean front and lots of mid 30-inch fish inshore. He told us that the flounder fishing is still going, making for a long flounder season this year. He also says he is getting reports of squid in the Piscataqua River. Chad says the smallmouth bass are biting very well on ned rigs right now. For trout, Chad recommends heading north.

George Taylor from Taylor’s Trading Post in Madbury tells us that everybody is catching a lot of bass, but the trout streams are getting low. He did say that there are still a few ponds producing some trout. He noted Willand, Barbados, and Stonehouse Ponds. For bass George says Swains, Baxter, and the Bellamy are regular producing waters that are holding true for consistent bass fishing. George says that while he normally carries saltwater bait, he has been having a tough time finding a supplier, as many have closed down.


Pete Santini at Fishing Finatics in Everett reports that the striper fishing is very good right now. “There are a lot of big bass in Broad Sound between Nahant and B Buoy and they’re eating almost anything you throw at them early in the morning,” he said. He tells us that there are a lot of stripers being caught up to 50-pounds in that area right now. He says that Boston Harbor is inundated with tautog this year. “Every pier in the harbor has tautog on it this year. It’s crazy,” he told us. He also reported that there are fluke being caught in the Pines River lately.

Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle told us that there are a lot of nice stripers around right now. “The fishing has been good. Weekends are slower due to all the boat traffic, but overall the fishing has been very good,” She said. She says the night bite has been good as well and that there have been some decent stripers hanging around Joppa Flat lately. Surfland currently has plenty of eels as well. She says they are hearing of some bluefish around. A couple of her customers have caught some bluefish catch some at Sandy Point and also off of the jetties. Martha says they are loaded with pogies, which are drawing in lots of sea life from whales to small tuna.

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