Weekly Fishing Report 7/26/21
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts
Week of July 26, 2021
Some reports are of good fishing and some reports are of okay fishing. Most speculate that it’s the amount of anglers talking about their trips, rather than slow fishing. There is a mix of live bait and lures catching fish, regardless of the species. Stripers are being caught with more frequency, as freshwaters are clearing from local rivers. Lake trout are biting well on jigs throughout New England waters. Remember, it’s almost always cooler on the water.
Greg Cutting at Jordan’s Store in Sebago tells us that the fishing, or at least the reports, are a bit slow. “I suspect it’s the reporting that’s slow. We had one customer from out of town who bought a rod and reel combo, and a Flatfish, and caught a 12-pound lake trout over in the Gut,” he said. Greg suspects that there just aren’t as many people fishing right now. He says a lot of folks are waiting through the next couple of weeks to come and go, as warm weather and water typically slow things down a bit. Greg says as days get shorter the fish will feed more.
Dave Garcia at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples was just getting off of Moose Pond in Bridgeton, where he caught two nice salmon and some yellow perch, and a bass. Dave was trolling live bait and didn’t have a whole lot else to report.
Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark in Ogunquit furnished the following report on his website: “Captain Ian Keniston and Kai Rosenberg ran the afternoon (4:00 PM to 8:00 PM) half day trip today. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five knots. The ocean was calm. The tide (current) was moderate. The sky was sunny. The visibility ranged to over twenty miles. The air temperature reached a high of 69°F. The surface water temperature reached a high of 66°F.”
“The fishing was excellent, the catching was good to very good, and landings were fairly good. Legal landings included one haddock, three redfish, two cusk, one white hake, four squirrel hake and two whiting. Released fish included one dogfish, three small cod, thirty sub-legal pollock and four redfish. Drifting was the method. Only bait was used tonight to eliminate the dogfish catch.”
“Jason Pappas (MA) was high hook with the most legal fish, four. His fish included a small cusk, a 3-pound cusk, a 2-pound whiting, our third largest whiting of the season so far, and a white hake that weighed 1.5 pounds. The 3-pound cusk was the second largest fish of the evening with the 2-pound whiting tied for the third largest fish of the trip. Jack Winters (NH) caught a 2-pound haddock to tie with Jason for the third largest fish. Sam Cuellar (IL) won the boat pool for the largest fish with a 4.25-pound cod.”
“Other Angler Highlights: Brad Seggie (NH) caught a 1.5-pound whiting. Jake Pappas (MA) landed the hard luck award for being hungry because mom didn't pack any snacks! Hey, captain's choice. Apparently, there was really no hard luck. And there were almost zero tangles.”
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors had just returned from a few days of jigging lake trout on Lake Champlain, where he says the bite is good. He was anxious to get back to work on Lake Winnipesaukee and really looking forward to getting back on the Piscataqua River in his kayaks, as he was hearing that freshwater had cleared out and there were some nice fish around. We’re still picking away at the rainbows on Winni, but with salmon numbers way down this year, the salmon fishing remains on the slow side. Luckily, we are in lake trout jig bite season. The fish are getting thicker by the day,” he told us. Tim says he will be out trying a few things that worked well for him on Champlain, but says the 1.4-ounce blue TMO Signature Series Nervous Minnow from Daddy Mac Lures, as well as their 1-ounce Albie Jig, remain his go-to lures for now.
Dana Berry at Berry’s Bait in New Durham reported that the freshwater bass and saltwater striped bass anglers were the most notable reporters lately. “We’re selling a lot of topwater and plastics for bass. Lake trout jigging is becoming more popular, with the Daddy Mac Lures Nervous Minnows and A.J.’s Bucktails selling well. We’re all stocked up on saltwater gear and our customers are finding fish,” she told us.
Mike Chrouthamel at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester reports the bass fishing is good in his neck of the woods, and trout rivers are running fast. “Best report from the south for largemouth is live bait during the day, top at night. Smallies are deep. Drop shot off structure is working. River fishing trout should be found in the lakes region and north. Be careful of heavy river flows and play fish lightly with careful release.”
Jason Brewster at Brewster’s Bait and Tackle in Portsmouth provided the following report: “The rain over the past couple weeks has turned the Piscataqua a "fudge color" as one guy in the bait shop put it. Everyone has a story coming through the doors but the bottom line is the same...the fish are in but inconsistent. Bigger fish are being caught with the night catch being the most fruitful. Top water plugs are working (still) up in the bay and the chunk mackerel are always good all-around for the stripers.”
Captain Les Eastman of Eastman’s Docks furnished the following report on their website, “Best year catching haddock in decades. Occasionally a bad day (tide, dogs or lockjaw) but 80% of the trips are excellent. Along with those haddock are whiting, cusk and pollock. Mackerel at the Isles of Shoals are solid with yesterday’s morning trip producing 20-40 pp. Bass are also good with a few keepers around. Reservations are highly recommended either through our office or online. Lots of trips this past few weeks through Fishark Adventures, and every trip close to a massacre if not one.”
Captain Randy Drago of Codfather Charters in Newburyport was still finding fish with few problems. Like many other striper fishermen, Capt. Randy is venturing out of the rivers to the ocean front for his best action. “The ocean front and mouth have been the only action thus far some big fish but mostly slot-size keepers. Up inside the river has been quite slow still with all the discharge from the freshwater. Hopes for a change soon.”
Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island reported good fishing outside the river, with photos of a 6-pound bonito making the rounds, as well as pictures of bluefish and big bass. “All of the action is outside. There are a few pogies back around and a few mackerel, but it’s tough to hold the mackerel,” she said. Martha says there are far better boat reports than surf reports. She says trolling mackerel has been good, but tube and worm is predictably effective.
Pete Santini at Fishing Finatics in Everett told us that not much has changed from last week, which is a good thing since the fishing was good. “We have some very big bass in Boston Harbor, especially at nighttime. They’re catching big fish with lighted bobbers and sea worms from almost every pier you can fish,” he said. Pete tells us that there are also some nice fish being caught on tube and worm between the Tobin Bridge and Amelia Earhart Dam. He says there have even been some big bluefish around off of Winthrop. Pete says eels at night are also working well, pogies are in the harbor, and there are a few mackerel around.
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