Weekly Fishing Report 9/20/21

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts

Week of September 20, 2021

It’s that time of year when reports get slim, as many anglers have turned to archery deer season. With their departure leaves more room for anglers who want to take advantage of some of the best fishing of the year. Almost everything is feeding, triggered by shorter days and cooling water temperatures. Bass are moving shallower, lake trout and salmon are gorging to prepare for the fall spawn, and even crappie know winter is coming and are beginning to school up and feed.


Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago says the lake trout derby was a big success, but things had been quiet on the fishing front at Sebago Lake, mostly due to archery deer hunting seasons opening. “The ones still fishing are catching fish. The Camel’s Pasture has been good for both lake trout and salmon. I haven’t seen the seagulls diving on alewives yet, but it should happen any day now. Many people are just waiting for that to happen,” he said. Greg says it’s going to happen, and it usually starts over near Brown’s Point in Jordan’s Bay. He says the fishing is absolutely incredible when the alewives come to the surface, as everything comes to feed on them.

Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark in Ogunquit furnished the following report on their website from a recent trip: “The fishing was fair in the bigger than normal seas. There were very few dogfish, so they were not a factor with the fishing. The catching was very good. Landings were good, overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included ten cod, nine haddock, and two cusk. Released fish included twelve dogfish, six sub-legal cod, two sub-legal haddock, a smattering of small pollock, two blue sharks, and a sculpin. They anchored and drift fished as the weather permitted. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.”

“Nilton Pechejosvski (MA) was high hook with the most legal fish. His largest fish was a 10-pound pollock, a tie with two other anglers for the second largest fish of the trip. Brian Hagedorn (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with a 16.5-pound cod. This cod is the Bunny Clark's fourth-largest cod of the fishing season so far. The other two anglers who tied for second place (second largest fish) were Rory Casey (VT) with a 10-pound cod and Brian Hagedorn with a 10-pound pollock.”

“Other Angler Highlights: Janet Adamczak (ME) landed the hard luck award for getting a touch of the mal de mer and for getting, most frequently, in tangles.”


Jeff from Alabama landed this beautiful 6-pound male salmon last weekend on Lake Winnipesaukee. Image courtesy of Tim Moore Outdoors.

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors says the lake trout and salmon fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee is the best it has been all season. With only a week left in the season for them, Tim hopes the bite stays strong. “The salmon numbers are down this year, but the size is way up. We had one client who landed a 6-pounder last weekend. We are still counting almost every lake trout trip in the double digits for numbers of fish,” he said. Tim says spoons and flies with orange trolled down 40-feet are working well for salmon, and blue Daddy Mac Lures, ½-ounce Albie Jigs, and 1.4-ounce Nervous Minnows are catching the lakers. Tim says as soon as the salmon and lake trout season closes at the end of September, he will transition to crappie fishing trips until the end of October.

Dana Berry at Berry’s Bait in New Durham reported that many of their customers have transitioned to archery deer season, but the people who are still fishing are doing very well. “I see all these people abandoning the big lake for hunting season, and the rest of the people fishing are killing it,” she said. Dana says topwater and plastics have been selling like crazy to bass fishermen, and the medium and large shiners have been flying out of the shop. She told us that with the number of huge salmon being caught they are still selling a lot of trolling spoons and flies. On the lake trout front, the Daddy Mac Nervous Minnows are still hot.

Jason Brewster at Brewster’s Bait and Tackle in Portsmouth tells us that stripers are still being caught in the Piscataqua River. “There are still big stripers being caught in the Piscataqua River as they turn it around and head south; still being caught on just about anything with Gravity Tackle Eels and mackerel leading the way. Bright moons are making some great night fishing....and that’s when the big boys eat.”

Captain Les Eastman at Eastman’s Docks in Seabrook furnished the following report on their website: “Fishing is beyond excellent, just what you can take home is only good. Tommy Cigar, as he’s affectionately known had 8 haddock, 9 “big pollock,” and a keeper cod yesterday (that is excellent) on the LMA but there were still novices that had 15 sharks, couple haddock and a few pollock/cusk. Really can’t complain about those catches, especially if you’re Tom. It’s good and the weather looks great for a long stretch. Big coastal waves from tropical storms are just that, “coastal.” Once a mile out you can’t notice swells from 1000 miles offshore.”


Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island reported that a little bit of east made surf fishing a bit tough, but one customer reported some evening blitzes at the turn of the tide near Emerson Rock. She said she has had more than one report of blitzes in that area. “This is the time of year to fish the oceanfront,” she said. Martha says the night bite for stripers is hot off of Lynn and Nahant right now.

Captain Randy Drago of Codfather Charters has been busy lately, what with so much good fishing going on right now. He’s been bouncing between stripers, bluefin, and groundfishing. He sent in the following report: “Plenty of bass still around and tuna! The river is starting to load back up with large bass. Ground fishing has been unreal with cod being open now.”

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