Weekly Fishing Report 5/25/20

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts

Week of May 25, 2020

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. There is a lot of fishing going on right now. Striped bass continue to move into New England waters in better numbers and size, salmon fishing continues across New Hampshire and Maine, and bass are beginning their spawning rituals. Winter flounder reports are also improving.


Greg at Jordan’s Store in Sebago told us that the salmon fishing has been very productive lately. “There was a guy in recently who caught 13 salmon up to 18-inches. He was fishing with bait,” he said. Greg says the salmon are looking healthy and the range in sizes is a good sign. He also told us that due to the fast growth at that size, the late summer and early fall fishing should be very good, with some decent fish to be caught. He says a lot of people are catching good numbers of lake trout fishing 10-feet off bottom in 120-feet of water. “No monsters reported this week, but a few in the low 30-inch range” Greg told us. He said he’s also been getting reports of bass moving onto beds. He also reported some good yellow perch and crappie fishing as of late.

Dave Garcia at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples reports good bass fishing in his area. “Almost every single pond around has bass moving into their pre-spawn patterns,” he said. He says that many anglers are using spinnerbaits to find fish, and then use tubes or Senkos to really target them. He says hard baits, like suspending jerk baits, are also working well. “Most everyone is catching fish and everyone is having fun,” he told us.


Flounder fishing is picking up in New England. Photo courtesy of Tim Moore.

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim of Tim Moore Outdoors says he has been busy getting ready to reopen his guiding business on June 9. “We got the okay to reopen last week, but I’m not ready. I have a bunch of new fishing gear and a kayak on order, and I need to acquire face masks, disinfectants, and hand sanitizer. COVID-19 shipping delays are killing me, but I should have what I need to get going by the 9th”, he said. Tim did tell us that while the flounder fishing remains on the slow side in New Hampshire due to cold water, it is on fire in Boston and should pick up locally soon. He told us that there are a lot of schoolie stripers around and he is hearing reports of some larger fish just to the south, which should be headed north soon.

Alan Nute at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle was in a similar mood as most every other shop owner after Alan Nute at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle says that the late talk is about the “white perch all over the place, like a disease.” He says the Weirs Channel is full of belly up white perch almost every evening. “Boats are dodging them and they’re dodging boats,” he said. He says the bass are bedding up and people are targeting them more now. On the salmon front, Alan says the fish are starting to move down in the water column a bit. “They’re up early and late in the day and move down to around 20-feet during the day,” he told us. He says darker colored flies, and Wonder Bread and copper/silver spoons are working well right now. He also told us of a new trolling salmon sinking fly line that he just got in. It’s infused with tungsten rather than lead. He says it’s pricey, but sinks really fast.


Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island says they are loaded with stripers right now. “We are loaded with fish and our parking situation is better”. She says the refuge isn’t open yet, but Salisbury State Park is open. She tells us the mouth of the Merrimack has been productive near low tide, and it doesn’t matter what side you’re on. They got fresh mackerel in the other day, which should increase as waters warm and the fish move in closer.

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