Recent east winds woke up local striped bass populations and the result was some impressive fishing. Tinker mackerel and pogies are the primary baits but some are sticking with the tube-and-worm and doing quite well. For a break from all-bass-all-the-time, the Curl and Tantas Ledge feature hot haddock fishing.
New Hampshire Fishing Report
Captain Andy from Adventure and Catch charters said that the Piscataqua River is thick with stripers. The area by the Old Prison seems to hold some of the better bass – 30” fish! Upstream in Great Bay and Little Bay 23-27” schoolies are plentiful. Offshore on Jeffreys Ledge, the Curl section has been hot for haddock and cusk along with good-size pollock. The drawback is that dogfish are out in force especially in the “flats”, so if you can catch with jigs/teasers stick with that and limit the use of bait.
From Joe of Granite State Rod and Reel Repair came word of big pickerel of over 4 pounds blasting slop frogs among weed beds on the Nashua River. KVD Lizards have been working well also. Additionally he’s hearing of good things from black bass fishermen from Mill Pond and Potanipo Pond. The Kelly Worm has been one of the better baits. Regarding trout, the Newfound River has been good as has the Pemmigewassit.
Southern Maine Fishing Report
Matt from Saco Bay Tackle Company said that a lot of big fish have been caught recently up to 44”, primarily on eels at night. Biddeford Pool, Camp Ellis, Old Orchard Beach and Higgins Beach have been some of the better destinations. Days are good too as long as you prowl around pogy schools and either fish mackerel or a live pogy in the middle of the pogy pod. Tantas has been the spot for a mixture of groundfish.
Captain Lou Tirado of Diamond Pass Charters said that Casco Bay lit up with the refreshing east wind. Even mid-days have been rewarding with mid-30 inch fish! The fish have not been fussy, with topwater lures, flies and Albie Snax all working. South of Casco, bass are feeding on bunker and as you would expect on such large bait, those bass are big!
While Brandy of Webhannet Bait and Tackle could not top last week’s report of a 9.5-pound sea run brown trout, the upper 30” to mid-40” stripers she told me about certainly wasn’t bad! Anglers are doing especially well at night with Slug-Gos, SP Minnows and eels. Two of the top spots have been Moody Point and the Drakes Island Jetty. Clams have been working well during the day off the shop dock. Tinker mackerel, while spotty, can still be found with a little searching. One of the better reports came from a tube-and-worm specialist who found huge numbers of 28” fish in the Kennebec River. This guy described the volume of fish there as incredible.
Cooler water temperatures brought on by recent east winds energized Great and Little Bays making for better mid-to-upper 20” striper fishing. For hot haddock fishing and a chance at a cusk or two consider The Curl just go easy on the bait for fear of the dogs. Mid-40” stripers are fair game off Moody Point especially at nights with Slug-Gos and eels. Meanwhile the Kennebec is really killing it with the tube-and -worm doing most of the damage.