New Hampshire and Maine Fishing Report – July 30, 2020

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Katie Curran with a nice schoolie caught while fishing with Diamond Pass Charters!

Sizzling water temperatures are resulting in some unusual catches including black sea bass and window pane flounder. For more expected fare, stripers are still pounding pogies with the tube-and-worm doing the trick in rivers.

New Hampshire Fishing Report

Joe from Granite State Rod and Reel Repair said that in spite of soaring water temperatures – the high 80s in some places – anglers are still doing fairly well with freshwater bass. You may have to lose a few winks, since the bite has often been best at night, but you can find willing largemouth bass from Turkey Pond and Mill Pond, A better daytime bet is well-oxygenated rivers such as the Merrimack and Nashua Rivers. Joe put in some time working jigs with his grandson along the Merrimack River and they tallied largemouth up to 4 pounds and plenty of smallies. The section of the Nashua River which has a new boat launch is also fishing well with the surprise being a spike in smallmouth bass in the area. While it is a heck of a haul, consider Lake Champlain it you really want to rack up big numbers of smallmouth bass. A buddy of his went up to the Mascoma section of that massive lake and claimed that the brown bass bite there was incredible on frogs and jigs.

Will from Dover Marine said that Atom poppers have been his go-to plug for stripers from the shore of Dover Point, Pierce Island and all along the Portsmouth Shoreline. The boaters are naturally doing much better with the bass-on-bunker action pretty good. A trained eye should be able to spot the pogy schools and with them are usually the bass. Some are offering stripers a “mack snack” in the middle of pogy pods and catching well. Macks can still be found inshore near the 2KR Can as well as Hampton Shoal Ledge.

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Southern Maine Fishng Report

Captain Lou Tirado of Diamond Pass Outfitters said that there are plenty of fish out front in Casco Bay as well as nearby rivers. Live bait and fresh chunks work best for culling out the better bass. The rivers are full of rain bait, which is probably river herring fry, with striper surface feeds reminiscent of an albie attack belying the action. Those sticking to working eels at night are among the more successful anglers. Regarding bigger game, anglers targeting tuna and sharks are catching well with even some more manageable tuna – 55”- in the mix of those giants.

Brandy from Webhannet Bait and Tackle said that some are snagging pogies right from the jetty at Wells Harbor, putting them on a circle hook and catching respectable stripers! The tube and worm has been working well in the rivers with one of the better anglers swearing that olive green tubes are the way to go! Mackerel can be found by Boone Island but are deeper in the water column than you ordinarily would look. “Ghost blues” have been biting off the baits of anglers but not many are being landed. Another sea run brown trout was caught in the Ogunquit River on a clam of all things. Unusually warm water temperatures are resulting in unusual catches with black sea bass and window pane flounder turning up. The wayward window pane was caught at the mouth of the Mousam River while the black sea bass have been found in the York area.

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New Hampshire And Southern Maine Fishing Forecast

For a fresh change, check out the smallmouth bass action throughout the Merrimack River and the Nashua boat launch section of the Nashua River. Regarding stripers, pogies in the Portsmouth area and beyond usually have prowling stripers nearby. In Maine some anglers are enjoying one-stop fishing from the Wells Jetty as they snag bait and then use the pogy to catch a bass! In spite of warming water temperatures, rivers such as the Saco still hold stripers which are gorging on river herring fry.

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    Would you mind sharing where this new boat launch is for the Nashua River. Thank you!

  2. Nick

    Caught some decent stripers on live pollock, when the mackerel/pogie action is slow.

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