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Weekly Fishing Report 6/27/22

Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts

Week of June 27, 2022

This was a very good week for fishing. Reports were good all around, regardless of what anglers were targeting. Stripers are biting well all along the New England coast, and some big ones. Squid are in and being caught from lighted docks and bridges on squid jigs. Salmon and lake trout reports are good for some and slower for others. Bass fishing is still very good in freshwater lakes and ponds, and rivers that still have some deeper water in the south are producing trout, while northern rivers are producing lots of trout.

MAINE:

Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago says the fishing is good in his area, especially if you’re willing to change up tactics or species. “There has been some very good white perch fishing lately, in a few different places. We had one customer who was catching big white perch in Moose Pond in Bridgton, and others are catching them in Little Sebago,” he said. Greg says a spinner or crawler harness tipped with a dilly or piece of night crawler trolled has been catching white perch. He also says the lake trout are biting and trolling bait or flatfish in deep water has been working.

Dave Garcia at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples reported some good lake trout fishing on Sebago trolling flatfish. “It’s been slow, but flatfish seem to be the answer out there,” he said. Dave says the Crooked River is low, but if you can find some deeper water there are still some brook trout hanging around. For action, the Muddy River where it dumps into Sebago has been good for pickerel. He suggests using rubber jerk baits or any faster moving weedless lure.

Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark out of Ogunquit furnished the following report on their website: “The fishing could have been excellent. The weather was perfect (albeit, a bit too warm), the drift was perfect and we had some excellent anglers aboard. But there were dogfish, many dogfish. And it was perfect weather for dogfish. It wasn't until the last stop where Captain Ian found a spot where the dogs weren't so savage and they could catch the targeted species. Until that time, the fishing was poor. This made the catching fair and landings were fair to poor. Legal landings included twenty-seven haddock, twenty-two cusk and four whiting. Released fish included a couple small pollock, five cod of 5-pounds or more, fourteen small cod, five sub-legal haddock and well over two hundred dogfish. Drifting was the only method available to them today as it was so calm. All terminal gear worked equally well.”

“The landings were very good for one angler, however. Amy Fino (MA) managed to find good fish through the dogfish on every stop. She was by far the high hook with the most legal fish and she won the boat pool for the largest fish, a 9.5-pound cod. The second largest fish was an 8-pound cod caught by Jack Decormier (NH). It's funny how Jack seems to out-fish his father, Dana, on every trip lately. Brian Miller (PA) caught the third largest fish, a 6.5-pound cusk.”

“Other Angler Highlights: Austin Bohn (PA) landed the hardest luck of the trip award by being most affected by the motion of the ocean. There were a couple anglers who were seasick, believe it or not. Maybe they were just sick of the dogfish!”

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Monica and Patrick recently enjoyed the great smallmouth bass fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee. Photo courtesy of Tim Moore.

Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors says they are still picking away at the landlocked salmon on Lake Winnipesaukee, finding plenty of smallmouth bass, and still catching stripers in kayaks when the weather cooperates. “It’s been a good season so far. Thanks to the efforts of the NH Fish and Game Department, salmon numbers are better this year. Still not amazing, but much better than the two previous years. The smallmouth are feeding well. We’ve been running so many bass trips this year that we are easily able to follow the fish as they transition to deeper water. The striper kayak trips remain popular and the fishing is decent in the areas we fish. We are targeting some areas with slightly more current, so we’re working a little harder this season, but the results are slightly bigger fish than the last few years,” he said. Tim says trolling Top Gun spoons with orange or purple in them, or streamer flies with similar colors has been working well. He says the stripers are hitting well on various paddletail shads, but a 6-inch Saltwater Assassin on a ½-ounce swimbait jig head has been good.

Jason Brewster at Brewster’s Bait and Tackle in Portsmouth furnished us with the following report: “The Piscataqua River is loaded with slot fish and big ones getting more and more play. Mackerel is still the weapon of choice with clams a close second. Just got some Gravity Tackle re stock with new colors.... great stuff. Very reliable with multiple repeat users who swear by this stuff.”

Jason MacKenzie at Pawtuckaway Trading Post in Raymond tells us that the striper fishing has been on fire. “They’re absolutely everywhere. I’ve never seen so many big fish caught. We are seeing fish well into the 40-inch range and some 50-inch fish,” he said. Jason says the squid are on thick. He tells us the Rt. 103 bridge in Kittery and the Newcastle bridges have been good. During the day, anglers are catching upwards of a dozen, but most know that nighttime is the right time for squid fishing. Catches in the 50s are reported by the night anglers, especially those who squid fish a lot.

Lon Berry at Berry’s Bait in New Durham says the fishing on Winnipesaukee has been good lately. “The big lake has been producing a lot of salmon and rainbows down around 40-feet,” he said. Lon says bass, pickerel, yellow and white perch, and crappie are all biting good in the smaller ponds. He says the striper fishing is hot lately as well, with him receiving reports of stripers up to 45-inches.

Mike Crouthamel at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester reported some very good trout fishing in Pittsburg, and some surprisingly good trout fishing in the Souhegan River in Wilton. He had a customer who was catching very well using caddis dry flies. “The fishing in Pittsburg is on fire right now! There are so many bugs in the water right now,” he said. Mike says if you are fishing for trout in southern New Hampshire and want to catch and release, anglers will need to take great care with the fish they catch. Otherwise, Mike suggests taking them home to eat. He says for bass anglers, topwater has been king lately. Mike suggests frogs and Whopper Ploppers. On the ocean, the striper reports are excellent. Mike says they have been burning through mackerel lately.

Captain Les Eastman at Eastman’s Docks published the following report via their website: “You still manage to get dinner and more, but you’re extremely busy to do it. Catch some fish and it doesn’t take long before the sharks attack—and they are vicious. Mackerel are hit or miss at the isles of shoals and the bass are solid most trips.”

MASSACHUSETTS:

Captain Randy Drago of Codfather Charters out of Newburyport furnished the following report: “The eel bite at night has been killer! There are lots of large fish up on Joppa. The mackerel have been hit or miss. The pogies have showed up and lots of the schools have big bass on them.”

Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island reported very good striper fishing. “Mackerel are tough to get, but luckily tube and worm is doing very well on Joppa. It slowed down a little bit over the weekend, but I really think the extra boat traffic always slows the fishing down,” she said. Martha says the fishing seems to change daily for a lot of people, on fire one day and slow the next. For lures, she recommends the big spooks on the flat at high tide. She says Lil Docks and NTA Lures spooks are selling well, so they must be catching. She also said they recently got some Nickols Lures Flutter Spoons, as well as the Nomad Vertrex and Vibe

Pete Santini at Fishing Finatics in Everett says the mackerel came back out by Greys Light and off Nahant. “They’re catching big bass with the mackerel in deep water near the BG Buoy, Greys Light, and off the tip of Nahant,” he said. Pete says the pogies are still thick in the harbor and people are catching stripers with them from Seaport all the way up into the Tobin Bridge. There are a lot of stripers by the casino in Everett near the mouth of the Mystic River. He says tube and worm has been good there. Pete says the flounder bite is tapering off, but there are a ton of squid in the harbor.


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