Weekly Fishing Report

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts

JANUARY 15, 2019

The recent cold snap put ice making into high gear throughout New England. Places that hadn’t froze caught, and those that had already caught made enough ice to support anglers itching to punch their first holes. The catching has been good for lake trout and brook trout in inland lakes, and smelt are biting very well along the Maine coast. Don’t forget, there is no such thing as truly safe ice. Be careful out there but have fun!


Dave Garcia of Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples told us that Long Lake in Naples has been fishing very well. He says there are quite a few bob houses out there and that most anglers are jigging up fairly decent white perch. He says that Bear Pond in Waterford has been producing salmon and brook trout, along with some nice white perch. Dave told us that he had recently visited Riverbend Smelt Camps and everyone in his party caught their limit.

Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago told us that Sebago was beginning to catch. He said there was ice out about a half mile in front of the store and that Lower Bay was frozen and there were people fishing it. Greg advises caution as that ice hasn’t been there very long. He did say though, that it was frozen all the way out past Long Point. “There’s not much wind right now so if the ice holds, we may be able to fish it in another week,” Greg said. He also noted a recent trend of anglers heading up to Moosehead Lake to fish for brook trout. He says he has seen pictures of brook trout up to six pounds!

James Eddy Smelt Camps told us that the fishing is good, and they are fishing both tides. They also reported that most everyone is catching their limit. They told us that all signs point to an improvement in the smelt population.


Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors with a Lake Winnipesaukee lake trout from a recent recon mission.

New Hampshire fishing guide Tim Moore from Tim Moore Outdoors told us that he is running guided trips every day on Lake Winnipesaukee and the lake is giving up lake trout, white perch, and crappie, mostly on jig rods with spoons, such as the Clam Outdoors Leech Flutter Spoon. He says he is finding fish in around 35-feet of water. “Ice-in was declared this week, but that doesn’t mean the lake is safe to fish. People still need to be careful and check the ice for themselves,” Tim told us.

Alan Nute at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith reported that many people are getting out and they were putting the ropes on Meredith Bay while he was giving this report. He told us that he received reports of around 3” near Gilford Beach, which means the rainbow anglers will be at it near Ames Farm very soon. Alan told us that Center Harbor is still producing lake trout well and the north end of Winnisquam was also giving up it’s share of fish.

Felix Suds N’ Soda Sports in Greenland told us that many of his customers are heading north to the big lake for lake trout, white perch, and crappie. They are reporting a lot of lake trout and white perch coming from Center Harbor. Felix says they have been receiving many calls inquiring about Great Bay ice, but he has little to report. He told us that there is only thin ice out there and they will not be carrying sea worms until there are people fishing for smelt.

In Dover, Chad at Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports said that he hadn’t received many local reports other than those from Willand Pond. He says Willand is giving up a lot of crappies, but Winnipesaukee is taking center stage. He says the rainbow fishing (and the ice) has been decent at Alton Bay and with the recent cold snap he expects it to be even better by the time this report is published.


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