Weekly Fishing Report: February 6, 2023

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine & New Hampshire

Week of January 30, 2023

All reports from guides and tackle shops are favorable after the most recent cold spell. Reports are of increased ice thickness and freezing of nuisance slush conditions. Fishing reports for pike, crappie, perch, and other warmwater species have been good. Lake trout fishing on lakes safe to fish have also been good. Anglers are reporting good catches on both bait and lures, with a slight lull reported around the full moon. There is a lot of new ice that formed over the last weekend. Most of it is still very thin, so be careful and check as you go. Don’t forget, we now carry live bait in our fishing department. Also, Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors has another seminar this Thursday (2/9) at 7pm. The seminar will be live at the NH Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, NH. He will have giveaways for those who attend in person, but he will also stream the seminar live on the Tim Moore Outdoors Facebook page.


Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago told us that he actually got out to fish last week. He was fishing on Tricky Pond and the brown trout fishing was great. Greg says most anglers are reporting setting their bait near the bottom, but he caught most of his browns about 5-feet down. There are also some nice splake still coming out of Tricky as well. “Turtle Cove is still producing some very nice crappie and pike,” he said. Greg says Hancock Pond is still producing some browns. He hasn’t heard of any fishable ice on Sebago other than Turtle Cove and says the outlook isn’t good with the weather forecast.

Vern at Cobbossee Bait in Winthrop reported excellent ice conditions everywhere in Kennebec County. “We have great ice everywhere with an average of a foot of ice. We even saw some side-by-sides out this weekend. There’s a little snow on the ice, so people can run snowmobiles now,” he said. Vern says the full moon slowed the fishing a bit, but it was going “gangbusters” before that. He expects it to pick back up again in the coming days. He says there were a lot of high-quality fish coming out of Maranacook and Echo in Mount Vernon, and the Narrows in Winthrop. Vern says the salmonids are beginning to get caught more often now that they can move about the lake freely.


Andrew S. with some giant Sebago Lake crappie. Photo courtesy of Greg Cutting.

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors was busy grinding out his ice fishing season when he submitted his report. “Last weekend’s cold snap made some ice, but it froze up all the slush that was on the ice, which was brutal. There’s little or no snow left, but at least it’s easier getting around. The fishing has been good. My clients have been catching fair numbers of white perch, mostly on tip ups with live smelt, but many are coming on 1/8-ounce gold Clam Leech Flutter Spoons and 1/8-ounce white Blade Spoons tipped with a small piece if dilly. We also saw a bunch of lake trout and a handful of smallmouth last week,” he said.

Jason MacKenzie at Pawtuckaway Trading Post in Raymond saw an uptick in customers coming into the shop for bait and tackle last weekend. “We’re selling a ton of Clam Epoxy Drops. People are using them on Pawtuckaway for crappie and Onway for panfish in general. We don’t have spikes, but most people are tipping their jigs with plastics or mealworms,” he said. Jason also says that the trout fishing has picked up on Pleasant Lake in Deerfield now that there is a bit more ice.

Lon Berry at Berry’s Bait in New Durham reported that ice conditions on the big lake have improved, but with ice-in declared he is worried people will assume that means the ice is safe everywhere. “I really want to caution people that the vast majority of ice on Winnipesaukee is thin and you can’t tell how thick it is by looking at it. People need to be checking where they go before they rush out there to fish or someone is going to get hurt. We just want to be sure that everyone is safe out there,” he said. Lon did tell us that the fishing has been good in Alton Bay, as well as 19 and 20 Mile bays. He says a mix of white and yellow perch and lake trout have been reported. He says the local ponds have been producing good crappie and perch bites as well. Lon says live smelt and most of the Clam Lures they have in stock are doing well, but also noted newcomer Tight Bite Tackle shads, as well as AJ’s bucktails.

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