Weekly Fishing Report
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine & New Hampshire
MARCH 18, 2019
With the season winding down, reports are slowing down with them. Many shops are adjusting their hours while they await busier and more productive fishing. Anglers in the know however, are taking full advantage of the amazing late-season fishing action. If you haven’t tired yourself out, now is some of the best ice fishing of the entire winter, as longer days and more oxygenated water invigorate fish and feeding activity spikes.
Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago is saying that there are still some very big lake trout being caught through the ice of Sebago, including a 39-inch 21.5-pounder caught jigging. “The lucky guy went out and drilled a hole, set his coffee down, dropped his lure to the bottom and clicked the bail over, and bam! That fast,” Greg said. He also had a 38.5-inch 19.5-pounder caught, and a 34-inch 11.5-pounder. Greg says the numbers are there as well. One group went out and caught 91 lake trout between them. He says the reports from the smaller waters have slowed down a bit, but that may be due to the quality of the lake trout fishing on Sebago. Greg says the ice is holding up well, but anglers need to use extreme caution this time of year, as conditions are changing daily.
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim Moore from Tim Moore Outdoors tells us that while the late-season white perch bite is officially on, it is showing signs of a slower last two weeks of the season. “We just aren’t seeing the numbers of fish that we normally see this time of year. It’s probably due to angler pressure in recent years. Some people think they can come catch a limit every day for the last two weeks of the season and it won’t have an impact on school size, but it does,” he said. Tim also says predation of white perch fry in the fall is also a likely factor.”
Felix at Suds N’ Soda Sports in Greenland told us that it was a busy weekend for ice anglers. “Friday and Saturday were busy here at the shop, but we haven’t been getting a ton of reports since,” Felix said. He said the Bellamy Reservoir and Pawtuckaway Lake have been consistent, but the edges of the ice are getting soft in the southern part of the state.
Chad at Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports in Dover reported some great crappie fishing on Willand Pond in Dover/Somersworth. He says a few anglers had the 12”-14” crappies dialed in over the weekend. He says trout fishing on Willand has slowed. Chad says a lot of his customers are champing at the bit for open water and that the shop is about 70% stocked up with lots of new rod and reel combos and lures.
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