Weekly Fishing Report
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts
Our last report of the year still contains a ton of fishing info as die-hard anglers continue to capitalize on some of the best fishing of the year. Striped bass are still around, and on the freshwater side, warmwater fishing is picking up. Many lake trout and salmon lakes have closed, but some remain open, offering good late-season angling opportunities. Thank you to all who followed along this year and to all the shops who took the time to answer their phones and provide info. We will be back the first week in January for the start of ice fishing season. Best of luck and stay safe this fall.
Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark reports that groundfishing continues to be strong. He furnished the following report on their website: “The fishing conditions (fishing) was very good, the catching was very good to excellent as were the landings. It was a great day, a special day. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included three redfish and seven cusk. Released fish included fifty-three cod over 5 pounds, twenty-eight haddock, forty dogfish and a handful of small cod and pollock. They anchored and drift fished. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.”
“Fred Kunz (NH) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with the most legal fish and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 18 pound pollock. In fact, he was catching too many fish with the fly/jig combination. So he took off the fly for the rest of the day. I don't know at what part of the trip that he took the fly off the line. Fred's second largest fish was a 13 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 17 pound pollock caught by Lucas Fraher (CT). There was a tie for the third largest fish. Both fish were 15 pounds and both fish were pollock. Mark Fraher (CT) caught one while David Simonetti (VT) caught the other. David also caught a 12.25 pound cod. Mark also caught an 11 pound pollock and released a 10 pound cod.”
In Naples, Dave Garcia of Naples Bait and Tackle reported that even though Sebago has closed to artificial lures, he has been receiving reports of some very good salmon catches and even better lake trout catches. He also reports some very good largemouth bass fishing on Long Lake. Dave hopes the coming rains will create a flow of water in the Crooked River that will stimulate some fish to move up through it. “There’s still plenty of fishing. You just have to go artificial and have a good time,” Dave said.
Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago was fresh off his successful Maine moose hunt but wasn’t short on fishing information. Greg told us that the lake trout fishing on Sebago has been “incredible,” with fish over 33-inches being caught trolling and jigging. Greg says the salmon fishing has also been very good, but reminds anglers that the season to keep salmon, or use bait, has closed.
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim Moore from Tim Moore Outdoors reported that the salmon and lake trout season on Winnipesaukee has closed, and went out with a bang. “The last week of the season was insane. We were catching 20 to 25 fish in a matter of a couple of hours.” It’s on to black crappie and trophy northern pike trips for Tim and his clients for the next couple of months. Tim told us that this time of year sees some of the best crappie fishing of the year. He says they will vertical jig slab crappie in 30-feet of water. The fish will school up and feed aggressively. Tim notes that the northern pike fishing is also some of the best of the year in October and November. Tim offers full-day marathon trips (with lunch) for trophy pike in northern New Hampshire, a service that has grown in popularity. Anglers looking to get their fishing fix might want to give Tim a call.
The fact that A.L.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith has changed their hours and are closed Mon – Wed is a sure sign that fall is here and the amount of people fishing Lake Winnipesaukee has slowed down. Look for them to go back to their full hours when ice fishing season begins in January.
Felix at Suds N’ Soda Sports in Greenland reported that there are still tons of schoolie stripers in the Piscataqua River and Little Bay, with a few keepers mixed in. He says that most of their customers are hunting now, so fishing reports are slim. They are finished selling eels and sea worms for the season, but still have an abundance of artificial lures on the shelves. Felix reminded us that the fall run of stripers, a time of year when we see a greater abundance of fish in higher concentrations, has yet to happen and recommends not hanging up your fishing gear just yet. He says they will stay fully stocked until they switch over to ice fishing in December.
Over in Dover, Chad at Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports says most of his customers are in hunting mode, and that there is very little fishing info coming into the shop. “A few guys are still out striper fishing and there are still a few catching mackerel,” he told us. He also told us of a couple keeper striper reports in the Bay.
Mike at Surfland Bait and Tackle reported that there are still a lot of fish being caught. “Most of the fish being caught during the day are small fish,” he said. Mike tells us that the night bite has been producing the bigger fish, mostly on eels. He says live eels, Dannies, and Mambo Minnows at night near parking lots six and seven are getting into fish up to 30-pounds. Mike says they are still carrying live eels, and will continue to do so as long as there is a demand, but suggests calling first to make sure they haven’t run out.
Because of inherent time restrictions of gathering fresh, up-to-date information, editing & producing this report in a timely manner, occasional errors or marginal information may slip by us. We try our hardest to provide accurate information. We urge readers to use this report as a tool to increase their fishing pleasure and not to rely on as their sole resource. First or second hand information is offered by fishing guides, commercial fishing charters or party boats, bait & tackle dealers, well-known successful anglers and state & federal fisheries and natural resources enforcement officials. We also welcome and use reports forwarded to us by fishermen that use this report. - Kittery Trading Post Fishing Report Editor