For generations of anglers, spring in New England has meant one thing – landlocked salmon! With smelt in close and salmon shadowing the schools, now is prime time to catch one among countless water bodies throughout New Hampshire and Maine! Should a salmon spot not be handy than don’t worry, bass are biting too!
New Hampshire Fishing Report
Jason from The Tackle Shack in Meredith told me of impressive salmon up to 6 pounds which have been caught recently from Winnipesaukee. Smelt and streamers up top are the ticket with the bite pretty good at Guilford Beach as well as Meredith Harbor.
There will be no quarter for the salmon beginning next Tuesday as Tim Moore from TimMooreOutdoors is preparing to launch in Winnipesaukee for the first time. He’ll be searching for pockets of the warmest water possible where both the smelt and the salmon should be found. Much of that action will take place close to the shoreline where the smelt are still running.
Joe from Granite State Rod and Reel Repair has been hitting the Nashua River for bass with his family and they’ve been getting them on spinnerbaits and chatter baits. Customers of the shop have also been crossing the border into Massachusetts and doing well with bass at Massapoag Pond in Tyngsboro and lake trout at Wachusett Reserovir. Flipping the switch a bit, there are Mass shops which are sending their customers to the Exeter and Squamscott Rivers to catch white perch. As to how the action is? The shop I speak of is struggling to keep seaworms and bloodworms (the preferred bait!) in stock!
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Southern Maine Fishing Report
According to Tracey of Dag’s Bait & Sportgoods in Auburn the overwhelming draw there is trolling for salmon with smelt. Thankfully the shop carries smelt and the catching is taking place in the Songo River section of Sebago Lake as well as Lake Auburn. When asked if she is partaking of that pursuit, she replied in the negative and said that bass was what she was interested in! She’ll be working a rainbow trout patterned Rapala in some hawg honey holes she is familiar with. As for a top pick in the area she suggested the Androscoggin River for smallies and the Androscoggin Lake for largemouth bass.
Zach from Saco Bay Tackle Company said that some patrons have been catching holdover striped bass in the river/marsh systems in the Scarborough and Portland area. The fish are only schoolies, but any striper in April is bragging material. Lake Ossipee has been hot for rainbow trout. Regarding the salt, according to Zach, anglers are “crushing” it on Platt’s Ledge as well as Jeffrey’s. Most are catching them up on clams. While the shad run is weeks away, alewives have been observed in the Saco River.
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New Hampshire And Southern Maine Fishing Forecast
With shops carrying smelt and the salmon in close, now is a great time to troll a sewn-on or live smelt by points at Guilford Beach or Meredith Harbor in Lake Winnipesaukee. Maine certainly has no shortage of salmon spots either with Lake Auburn, Thompson Lake and Sebago all having their fans. The bass bite in the Nashua River and Androscoggin River is good and will only get better. For a taste of the salt, if you have a boat at the ready point your ride towards Platt’s which I’m hearing is fishing like haddock heaven!