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Merrimack River, Atlantic Ocean Among the Hot Spots

May 24, 2019

We’re back! The Friday Fish Finder is back for the summer months. We will give you the most up-to-date information I can find. Calls will be made to shops up and down the coast and once in a while I will get an email from a reader with a hot tip. But the tip I love to hear from the readers is what you have caught.

SALT WATER —

NORTH SHORE - Stripe bass moved in the Merrimack River last week and continue to follow the migration of herring. There are a few keepers in here, those 28 inches and bigger, but most are shorts. The striper migration is all the way up into Maine waters but no keepers yet. Off shore, action is great with limits of haddock easy to come by. Max Macias has been out several times on the Yellowbird in Seabrook and brought home limits on each outing.

BOSTON HARBOR - Here you will find keeper stripe bass with plenty of shorts. The real story here is the return of the flounder. Doormats pushing four pounds have been taken aboard the Little Sister and those on that boat are doing so using a small chunk of sea worms.

CAPE COD - The canal is hot for bass to 36 inches at the herring run. This spot is always the place to go at this time of year. Many 20-pound bass moved in along with short bass to make the action fast. Yarmouth’s Bass River is another hot spot for keeper action. Vineyard Sound has a good slug of black sea bass now along with Buzzards Bay.

FRESH WATER —

LOWELL - The Merrimack is yielding some find smallmouth bass. Also, carp are in shallow water and in the canals. You must be careful in the canals because not all of them are legal to fish. There are some monster 30-pound fish in here. Trout fishing is good. Upper Wrights Pond was stocked this week. Last week, the Shawsheen was planted with some decent brookies. The Assabet River was stocked this week with rainbows. Remember, largemouth and smallmouth bass are in pre spawn mode. catch and release is advised.

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