Weekly Fishing Report 4/19/21
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts
Week of April 19, 2021
Well, you were not seeing things. It snowed in mid-April. The recent cold snap brought wind, rain, and snow throughout New England. Many anglers hunkered down to wait out the storm, but a few braved the elements, and most were rewarded handsomely. We are seeing more and more haddock fishing reports coming in, with lots of limits to report. In Massachusetts, reports of smallmouth bass on suspended jerk baits are becoming more common. Warmer temperatures this week should extend that well into the rest of southern New England. Landlocked salmon and rainbow trout are biting well on Lake Winnipesaukee and we received reports that waters as far north as First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg, NH are ice free as of this past weekend. The striped bass migration continues to extend north, but we have yet to hear of any migratory stripers being caught in Maine or New Hampshire. We are generally about a month away from the arrival in New Hampshire, but every striper angler out there is anxiously expecting them to show early this year. Once water temps hit 50-degrees it will be any day.
Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago told us that things were unusually slow in recent days. “I only see one boat out front of our store right now. I usually see several,” he said. Greg claims that those fishing are mostly doing quite well, but the recent cold front may be keeping some people off the water, but reminded us that the fish are there if you are. Greg says trolling bait is the way to go right now. He advised trying smaller ponds right now, as they receive less pressure after everyone begins targeting Sebago. He says there are some very good opportunities for salmon and trout in ponds such as Tricky Pond, Long Lake, and others.
Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark in Ogunquit furnished the following report on his website: “On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest at five knots, went calm, and then hauled out of the southwest at five knots. The sky was a mix of sun and clouds. The visibility was very good at least with a report of twenty miles, in range. The tide was moderate. The ocean was calm over a three to four foot sea swell to start and a two foot swell to end the day. The air temperature reached a high of 47°F under the canopy top. The surface water temperature reached a high of 43°F.”
“The fishing, the catching and landings were very good overall. Most legal fish landed were haddock, by far. In fact, there were only three other legal fish boated today, all redfish. The haddock cull was ten to one, favoring the legal fish. This made it seem like everything was legal. The boat bag limit of haddock was caught by the end of the trip. Released fish included three cod that would have been legal during the time we could have kept them but not big enough to win the boat pool. They had several porbeagle (mackerel) shark attacks. Not one was brought to gaff. Drifting was the method. Bait worked best.”
“Derrick LaFlamme (ME) was high hook with the most legal fish. Troy Boyd (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with a 4.5 pound haddock, the largest haddock of the Bunny Clark fishing season so far. He also caught a 4 pound haddock, a tie with a few anglers for the third largest fish. The second largest fish was a 4.25 pound haddock caught by Ray Westermann (MA). Troy shared the third place title with Jackie Rivers (ME), Anthony Feldpausch (ME) and Lewis Hazelwood (MA), all with haddock of 4 pounds each.”
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors reported that he is seeing a small uptick in smallmouth bass activity in his kayak. “I’m seeing a few smallies moving up onto the southern-facing shorelines on my home lake once the sun has a chance to warm that water a bit,” he told us. Tim says those fish are more active and will usually hit a wacky rigged worm, ned rig, or suspended jerk bait. He has also been catching some very nice black crappie in his kayak. Tim says he uses many of the same winter lures (small tungsten jig heads tipped with micro plastics) under a slip bobber this time of year to target pre-spawn crappie. He will be splashing his boat in the water this week and has a busy schedule of salmon trips scheduled. Based on reports he has been hearing, the salmon and rainbow trout fishing has been pretty good.
Mike Crouthamel at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester was standing in the middle of a river catching trout when we spoke to him. “I’m standing in the middle of what looks to be a blue winged olive hatch right now, I’m covered in them,” he said. Mike says all the major trout streams and rivers in southern New Hampshire have been stocked. Mike refers most to the NH Fish and Game weekly stocking report for info on exactly what has been stocked. He reports people catching trout on Powerbait, but says spinners, such as Rooster Tails, Blue Fox, and Mepps, are selling well, so they must be catching. Mike was excited to report that they will soon be carrying butter worms, green night crawlers, and garlic night crawlers in the shop soon.
Captain Les Eastman of Eastman’s Fleet in Hampton provided the following report on their website from a recent trip: “Yesterday ended up ok, rough morning and beautiful afternoon with fishing OK. Not like the first week but everyone caught fish, once again depending on the boat. Reds continue to be strong even if you don’t target them, haddock didn’t see any limits except on the six packs (who were targeting Reds) but 2-4 up to 4-8 pp was the averages on the LAM and the LMAIII, LTA and LVII were at the dock.”
Pete Santini at Fishing Finatics in Everett reports a lot of trout fishing going on in his area. “They stocked all the usual places. Whites, Horn, Waldon, Lexington Reservoir, Brookline Reservoir, Crystal Lake in Newton, and Griswald Pond in Saugus have all had some nice rainbows put in them,” he said. Pete says Power Eggs, Salmon Eggs, and meal worms are catching most of the trout. He says holdover stripers are still being caught below the dams, mostly on small All Gags he told us. Pete says the haddock fishing is still hot on Stellwagen too.
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