Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont Fishing Report – July 9, 2020

Josh Potocki big striped bass
Josh Potocki with caught this 50” class cow while fishing with Sea Run Charters.

The pogy principle still applies: find the schools of pogies and you’ll find the big bass! And some of those fish are 50” behemoths! For a fresh perspective, check out Winnipesaukee where a host of salmonoids are stacked up with the bait.

New Hampshire Fishing Report

If the proof is in the pictures than Captain Jon Tregea of Sea Run Charters is really dialed in to his home waters of the Piscataqua River. Every trip as of late has resulted in fish of over 40” and he even put a client into a cow estimated to be between 48” land 51”! The official tale of the tape wasn’t the priority, a safe release was! Schoolie feeds have slowed down in the watershed but with plenty of pogies and monster fish prowling around the prey, junior and his friends can wait! The big bass on bunker bite is random and can be found all along the coastline. Don’t’ be content simply finding a pogy pod, within 15 minutes if you don’t have any action move along until you find pogies getting whacked All that bait has attracted mixes sizes of tuna in close.

If you were impressed with Captain Andy from Adventure and Catch Charters recent landing of a 161-pound halibut, you might find it more remarkable that that is not the only halibut he’s caught. Among groundfishing aficionados, landing the Atlantic Halibut is usually considered a crowning achievement of the sport and the skipper knows where they lurk! While it’s an uncommon catch, it sure helps to hire someone who has been there and done that. Andy told me he prefers questioning prospective patrons and he tailors the trip to their desires. Should you desire a cooler full of haddock, other gadoids and just maybe a certain heavyweight flatfish than he’s your guy!

Tim Moore
Tim Moore from TimMooreOutdoors is finding the laker and trout action hot in Winnipesaukee.

I received a refreshing report from TimMooreOutdoors with the emphasis on the fresh part! Winnipesaukee is hot with most everything in the lake pursuing white perch fry in open water. The gamesters are running the gamut from lake trout to rainbows to landlocked salmon. The rainbow bite this year is exceptional and while salmon numbers are down, the predominate year class is a special six-year-old fish! If that looks like something you’d like to do, contact Tim, he’s a registered guide!

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Southern Maine Fishng Report

Lucas sea run brown
11 year old Lucas caught this 29”, 9.5 pound sea run brown on a live mackerel off of Ogunquit.

Every bit as impressive as captain Andy’s catch is the report from Brandy of Webhannet Bait and Tackle of a 29”, 9.5-pound sea-run brown trout caught and released by 11-year-old Lucas! The fish was taken off Ogunquit and get this – it ate a live mackerel! File that one in the believe it or not category! The striper fishing remains solid with reports of larger fish caught from the shoreline of Moody Beach, Gooches Beach and Drakes Island. Live mackerel, if you can find them, are the quickest route to catching a nice striper. Customers of the shop are also doing well on clams and sandworms. The lower tides in Wells Harbor have been productive with the smaller SP Minnow being among the best lures. During cloudy or other low light conditions a spook type lure such as the Jumpin’ Minnow. Of course with all the pogies around, they represent your best chance of catching a big bass. Don’t settle on relaxed schools of pogies, look for one that is being pushed with balled up bait one indicator as is pogies swimming in a tight circle.

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor with a nice bass caught aboard Diamond Pass Charters.

From Captain Lou from Diamond Pass Outfitters came word that the bass bite is still going strong in his home waters of Casco Bay. There are plenty of school bass up on top that are happy to take flies, and top waters, and soft plastics. The crew is still slaying them on Albie Snax in white and amber. Two Lights Tackle small spooks, and Hogy poppers are working as well. They are also seeing some nice sized bass out front on the beaches and ledges. Live lining has been the preferred method with mackerel and pogies both productive. There have been some sporadic catches of small two to five-pound bluefish as well but nothing one could consistently target. They are just happy bycatch.

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New Hampshire And Southern Maine Fishing Forecast

From Portsmouth through Cape Porpoise, pogies remain the preferred offering for a big bass. With water temperatures on the rise surface feeds are less prevalent. A few blues are crashing the pogy schools adding a toothy dimension to things. Other options are the hot haddock fishing on Jeffreys Ledge and for a cool change consider Winnipesaukee where the laker, salmon and rainbow bite is rocking!

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