Weekly Fishing Report
It seems as though the mid-winter lull has arrived, as many shops had little or nothing different to report from last week. Warm weather is on the way but night time temps are still falling below freezing. As always, anglers should use caution, but good ice conditions should help prolong any serious loss of ice.
At Jordan’s Store in East Sebago, Greg Cutting was excited about a six-pound brown trout he saw that was caught in Hancock pond over the past week. He was also happy to report that the lake trout bite has picked back up on Lake Sebago. “It seems that the only thing bothering our lake trout anglers is the size of the fish. They’re too big,” Greg exclaimed. Many of the lake trout being caught are nearing the 30” mark, which puts them within the slot size of fish that need to be released. Greg told us that soft plastic baits, such as tube jigs, and bucktail jigs are catching most of the fish. He also told us that the majority of fish are being caught near the middle of the day, so the anglers who stick it out are reaping the benefits of their dedication.
At James Eddy Smelt Camps, there was a bit of excitement over the slight pickup in fishing. Apparently, the ice is holding well, and their anglers are catching a few more fish. They reported that the outgoing night tides have been the best.
Full time NH fishing guide Tim Moore of Tim Moore Outdoors reported that the white perch fishing was still a bit spotty on Lake Winnipesaukee. “We are still catching fish, but the schools don’t seem to be as big and they aren’t sticking around as long as I am used to,” Tim told us. He reported that his best white perch catches are coming by way of the 1/8-ounce silver/blue Pinhead Jigging Minnow from Clam Outdoors with no bait. Tim says the lake trout seem to like this jig just as much.
At Suds N’ Soda Sports in Greenland, Felix reported a slow week, partially due to the coming warm up and mid-season lull. He did say that the anglers still smelt fishing are catching plenty of smelt. Felix reported that local freshwater spots, such as the Bellamy reservoir, are beginning to show some wear and tear. “The crappie fishing has been good, but many of our customers are spooked by the warm weather and reports by local news stations informing anglers of unsafe ice,” Felix said.
Alan at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith said that the fishing has been very good this week. “The cusk fishing is still good on the big lake,” Alan told us. He reported that the Time Bomb spoon from Clam Outdoors was picking away at the white perch in 30’ – 35’ of water. The crappie and rainbow trout bite has been good on local ponds. He reported hot lures to be the snow drop and caviar jigs from Clam Outdoors tipped with Maki Plastics or spikes. Alan spoke of the ice still being good, but anglers need to use caution along shore lines and pressure ridges. “It’s that time of year when anglers need to use caution, but the ice is great. If you live south, don’t look in your back yard, look up here because the ice is good. This is the best time of year to go,” He said.
Chad at Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports in Somersworth reported a slow week as well. It’s mid-winter, which means the fishing typically slows down, so it has slowed down here as well,” Chad reported. He said that local anglers are still doing well at Willand Pond in Somersworth, catching lots of yellow perch. “They’re still picking away at the rainbows, crappie, and bass,” He told us.
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