New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont Fishing Report – April 28, 2022

The whipping winds have kept those looking for groundfish stuck at their slips but if reports from points to the south spillover, haddock just might be a bit closer. Salmon fishing on Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake and Thompson Lake is in full swing with fish feeding mostly on top.

Tim Moore
Tim Moore of TimMooreOutdoors has been finding impressive Winnipesaukee salmon while trolling smelt in 15’ of water!

New Hampshire Fishing Report

Tim Moore from Tim Moore Outdoors is slamming some impressive salmon on smelt from Lake Winnipesaukee! The sweet spot is trolling 15 feet down and along with the occasional big fish are plenty of “2 year olds” which bodes well for the future!
Jim from the The Tackle Shack in Meredith weighed in on Squam Lake and had a surprising report on salmon hovering in water deep enough to require 4/5 colors of lead core line! Smelt and AJs Custom Umbrella Rigs are doing the trick for the salmon. Jim’s take on Winnipesaukee is to troll the “edge” between Meredith Harbor and Weirs Beach with special attention given to nearly “clipping” the docks.

You know that things are blustery when Captain Andy of Adventure and Catch Charters has no news this week! He does have his sites on this weekend so expect a report next week. Those reports may include inshore haddock with Massachusetts suddenly getting a slug of inshore gadoids!

Southern Maine Fishing Report

Along the lines of inshore haddock comes word from Peter, of Saco Bay Tackle Company, of fish moving into Tantas and maybe just outside of the Nubble Lighthouse. Of course Jeffrey’s Ledge is still an odds-on better bet for consistency. While there has been no word on shad in the Saco River, there are sea run brown trout reports trickling in. Last year was a phenomenal year for sea run brown trout in a number of coastal rivers and many are looking forward to a repeat.

Scotty from Dag’s Bait & Sportgoods in Auburn in Auburn said that he knows of an angler who landed 18 landlocked salmon from Thompson Lake recently! DB Smelt spoons, brightly colored teasers and smelt are all working. A few nice salmon and lakers have also been caught at Lake Auburn.

Lost in the cold water species craze is the impressive black bass fishing at this time of the year locally. Rattle traps and chatter baits have accounted for lots of “Larry” luck from water bodies which are often ignored when it comes to bass! Some standouts are Sabbatus, Cobbosseecontee, as well as the Androscoggin!

Webhannet Bait and Tackle/Boatyard is just getting off the ground regarding fishing, with Scotty and Brandy’s reports likely beginning next week.

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New Hampshire And Southern Maine Fishing Forecast

When the winds subside consider snooping around for haddock as close as Tantas Ledge or even just outside of Nubble Light. Some reports have them coming closer to the coast. Sea-run browns should be beginning to stir now in the Mousam, Saco, Ogunquit and Webhannet Rivers. For many, however, April means salmon! Look for landlocks to remain active by the Weirs section of Winnipesaukee as well as Thompson Lake in Maine. While lacking the luster of a landlocked, black bass are in feed mode in Sabbatus, Cobbossocontee and the Androscoggin River in Maine!

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  1. Quinn

    Any tips for Lake trout this next week? Got no idea what I’m doing out there it seems, no luck in 18 hours on the water

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