Weekly Fishing Report
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts
June 10, 2019
The future looks bright for the striped bass if all goes well. All reports are that there are so many small stripers around, that it’s making it more difficult to find bigger bass. The anglers who are spending the most time trying new spots and tactics new and old are being rewarded as reports of stripers up to 45-inches have been reported in the past week. Bass anglers who enjoy a topwater bite might want to get out early in the morning, because the fishing has been good there as well. Our annual Kayak Demo Day is this coming Saturday (June 15) from 10am-4pm. We will have kayak demos at our dock on Spruce Creek (follow the path near the back of our parking lot) and kayak fishing seminars by Tim Moore inside.
Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago said they have weighed three lake trout over 16-pounds in the past week. Greg says if the new state record lake trout is in Sebago lake, this is the year they will catch it. He says a lot of anglers are using bait, but most of the bigger lake trout are coming on Flatfish. His theory is that bigger lures won’t fit all the way into a big lake trout’s mouth, thus preventing the fish from biting and breaking the line. “If someone wants to catch big lake trout, they ought to think about coming to Sebago,” Greg said. Greg also mentioned that now is a good time to catch pike. He says Turtle and Kettle Cove, as well as Sticky and Muddy River are all good places for pike.
Dave at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples reported some good bass and pickerel fishing right now. The bass are post-spawn and the topwater bite is very good right now, especially early in the morning,” Dave said. He says the brook trout fishing in his area has been very good lately. He says there are a lot of brooks that cross the roads, and almost all of them will produce brook trout if you take your time. Dave recommends garden hackle (worms) for most of the brook trout spots. Worms make fishing in tight quarters easier in some of the smaller streams.
Maine guide Dan Leger at the Maine Guide Fly Shop in Greenville furnished the following report, “Once mayfly season kicks in, fish begin looking up. Translation… sinking lines become far less important in the quest for catching fish. Now you can tie your favorite streamer to your favorite floating line and fish it over your favorite water and fish will come roaring to the surface to grab it. Continue fishing them in the traditional way… 45 degrees cross current with an upstream mend them let-em’ swing with a twitch of the rod tip every now and then. Start with a short line and slowly add more to each cast, covering as much water as possible. The strike is at the surface and violent. Make sure you use a good stout leader or that big salmon or brookie will be showing his buddies the fly he stole from you. We also like to make-em’ chase it but casting 90 degrees cross current then throwing a downstream mend to make the streamer head downstream faster than the current. Fish often boil behind it and miss it but they give you their location. Our belief is once you interest a fish in your streamer they will likely return and mean business.”
“This is the time of season when we’ll fish streamers and nymphs all morning and dries and emergers all afternoon. Just remember when it comes to mayflies… a good drift is better than a good cast. Once mayflies begin to appear don’t be in a big rush to get your fly on the water. Watch what’s going on. When you find a feed fish, which is a fish that appears more than once, put him on the clock. You’ll often see a number of naturals go over him without a rise. Once a fish rises to the surface and takes a bug it takes time for him to get back to his lie and begin looking up for another morsel. Your watch will often show you it’s been 3-4 minutes between eats. The more you know about a feeding fish the better your odds of fooling him. And there is nothing more satisfying than finding a feeding fish, making the perfect drift and fooling that fish.”
“Pond fishing has peaked. Fish are keeping bankers hours and surface feeding often lasts all afternoon. If you aren’t seeing any mayflies or surface feeding going on, that doesn’t mean trout aren’t looking to the surface for their next meal. They have been feeding on mayfly hatches for some time. If activity seems to be slow try traditional wet flies fished just under the surface. Old timers use to build leaders that had three flies attached, it’s still legal today. To the trout they are the emergers of the adults… Blue Dunn, Adams, Quill Gordon, Black Gnat and the like. Give one a nice long cast then work them with a slow retrieve. A traditional roll-of-the wrist retrieve works the best. You’ll likely see a nice swirl and tug on your fly when a hungry trout blasts to the surface for the take. Fishing will hold up until the ponds heat from long hot days under the sun. That won’t happen for some time given all the cold weather we’ve been having.”
Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark furnished the following info on their website: “The conditions for fishing were excellent, the fishing was excellent and landings were very good. Most legal fish landed were haddock, again, by far. The haddock cull was 50/50 or one legal haddock for every two caught. Legal landings also included two pollock, eighteen cusk and one monkfish. Released fish included twelve cod from 5 to 12 pounds, a few small cod/pollock and three wolffish. They drift fished for the whole trip. All terminal gear worked well but bait was best for the haddock.”
“Joe Columbus (MA) came out with high hook status for his second trip in a row. He caught the most legal fish today. Tom Zido (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 12 pound cod. Tiffanny Steward (OH) caught the second and third largest fish of the trip. Those fish were an 11 pound cod and an 8 pound cod.”
“Other Angler Highlights: Ross Steward (OH) caught a 6 pound cusk, his biggest fish. Shannon O'Neil (NH) caught the largest haddock at 4 pounds. Josh Neil (ME) caught a 7.5 pound cusk, the largest cusk of the trip. Cindy Columbus (MA) caught the second largest haddock of the trip with one that weighed 3.5 pounds. Derek Hoover (ME) landed the hard luck award for breaking his own pole. I wasn't given the details on this event!”
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors says the fishing has picked up substantially over the past week. “Wow, what a difference a week can make. The salmon have settled into a more predictable pattern on Lake Winnipesaukee and the bass have begun hitting topwater early in the mornings,” he said. Tim says spoons and flies are working well trolled about 20-feet down for salmon. Tim says the saltwater fishing is very good now too. “There aren’t a ton of keeper-sized stripers in the kayak waters during the day, but there are all the 20-inch schoolies you want. They will wear you out on light tackle in a kayak,” Tim told us. Don’t forget, Tim will be giving two seminars during the upcoming Kittery Trading Post Demo Day this Saturday. The seminars will be Kayak Fishing Basics at 11am and Saltwater Kayak Fishing: Striped Bass, Black Sea Bass, and Winter Flounder at 2pm. Both seminars will be held in our Katahdin Seminar Room.
Hans at Suds N’ Soda Sports in Greenland reported more keeper stripers around. He himself had landed a 30-inch fish along the ocean front in Rye this past Sunday. He says there has been an incredible amount of mackerel around right now. He says they are blowing up on the surface in the rocks and they are getting reports of good mackerel fishing around the 2KR buoy. Hans also says there are tons of schoolies around. He says a Daddy Mac Lures Albie jig has been fun for the smaller fish that are chasing silver sides. He also told us that the flounder fishing is still productive in Rye and Hampton Harbors, and in Pepperell Cove.
Alan Nute at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith says the fishing has picked up, but bike week has slowed things down a bit in his shop. He says the bass fishing is very good right now, and the salmon and trout are starting to move into the 20-foot range. Alan says a Sutton Spoon and Mini Gun, both in silver/copper, have been good as of late. He says he prefers the smaller spoons on the downriggers and larger spoons on the downriggers.
In Dover, Chad at Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports reported good striped bass fishing, with a few more keeper-sized fish showing up. He also says the haddock fishing is still productive. He says they have been getting several 7 to 9-pound cod mixed in with the haddock. You still can’t keep cod, but it’s a good sign for the future. Chad says the largemouth bass fishing has been good using topwater lures and chatterbaits. Chad did say that they are restocked with shiners.
Emily at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island reported lots of schoolie stripers around. “There hasn’t been as many keepers lately, because there are so many small fish and they are so aggressive,” she said. She recommends that shore anglers head out around low tide and stick it out for their chance at catching a keeper when the fish first move back into the river.
Pete Santini at Fishing Finatics in Everett tells us that the striper shootout is this coming weekend. Anglers interested in fishing the tournament can register at www.stripershootout.com for their chance at winning money for the longest stripers. “We have big bass out in the harbor,” he told us. Pete says between the BG buoy and the B buoy are good right now. He says they are on live mackerel, and there are plenty of macks around right now. Pete said the biggest bass are coming on live mackerel trolled on leadcore line. He also says the flounder fishing is very good around Deer Island flats. Anchoring and chumming is getting it done right now. He also said there are some big tautog being caught in the structure on Deer Island area and around George’s.
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