Weekly Fishing Report 10/5/20
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts
Week of October 5, 2020
This will be our last report of the year. Our ice fishing reports start back up in January. For those who can’t put their fishing rods down, there is plenty for you right now. Fall is often touted as some of the best fishing of the year. Cold water fish spawn, which causes them to feed aggressively in preparation, and warm water fish are busy feeding to get ready for winter. The synopsis is: everything is eating. This was a tricky summer for fishing reports as some smaller shops closed or stopped furnishing reports. Next season promises to be a great year with some new coastal shops and charter captains who have committed to furnishing saltwater fishing reports. For now, enjoy your fall and we will see you in January.
Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago reported some good fishing as of late, but like most shops he is seeing more deer hunters these days. “This time of year, the alewives move to the surface and the salmon and lake trout feed on them like crazy. One guy saw a flock of birds on the surface and trolled over that area. He caught 22 fish in no time. Five salmon and the rest lake trout,” he told us. Greg says he has seen people targeting those surface feeds on Sebago as late as the end of October. He reminded us that the area of the north end of the lake in front of the Songo River is closed to fishing and that the entire lake is artificial lures only.
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors reported that he put his 2020 salmon and lake trout season to bed last week. “We had our busiest season ever. Salmon numbers were down, but the size was sure up, with most salmon averaging four pounds. The lake trout jigging bite was the best I’ve seen in the past few summers,” he said. Tim said he had a chance to try the new Tikka Mino from Clam Outdoors, which is a one-piece jigging rap-style lure made entirely of zinc alloy and legal in New Hampshire. He reported some very good success. Tim reports that he has transitioned to the fall crappie fishing and he is seeing better numbers every day. “The water is still in the mid-sixties. As it cools to below 60-degrees the schools get bigger and the fish get more aggressive,” he told us. Tim says a 1/8-ounce jig head with Lake Fork Trophy Lures Live Baby Shad is one of his favorite crappie lures. He says he will be targeting basins around 30-feet deep for the remainder of the fall. He reminded us that fall fishing is the perfect way to scout for ice fishing, as many of the fish you catch in October will still be there when the ice is safe enough to walk on.
George Taylor at Taylor’s Trading Post in Madbury reports a quiet week on the fishing front, most likely due to hunting season and low water. “We’re checking in a lot of deer, so I think most of the people who hunt have hung up their rods and picked up their bows. That and the fact that the ponds are so low and the rivers have almost no water in them are turning many people off,” he said. George thinks anyone who loves to trout fish could be making a mistake by giving up right now. With New Hampshire trout ponds open until October 15 and water temps dropping, George recommends hitting some of the trout ponds. “Some of those trout were stocked in the spring and headed to deep water when things got hot. The ones that survived will be moving back up shallow, and they’ll be a lot bigger now. We see some very nice trout caught this time of year,” he said. For fly anglers, George says keep your flies small. He wanted to remind anglers that New Hampshire has several trout ponds with no closed season, such as Willand in Somersworth. Many of which will receive a fall stocking for ice anglers.
Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island reported a lot of activity along their part of the striper coast. “There have been 5-inch bunker everywhere and still some average-sized pogies around. We are seeing a lot of schoolies and a few larger fish. The fish are moving, and every day is different,” she told us. Martha says she has even had reports of still-good striper fishing from as far north as the York River in Maine.
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