For N.H. Family, Fishing Trip to Canada Was Well Worth It
Kendall Hutchins went to Canada and fished the outflows of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, but not for the renowned Atlantic Salmon. Instead he was after striped bass. Hutchins and his family, all from New Hampshire, had a great trip, catching fish after fish and landing many in the slot limit New Brunswick has imposed. Some of these were 36-inch bass that weighed over 20 pounds. The group kept just three fish.
NORTH SHORE -- Eastman’s and the the folks on the Yellowbird are reporting good offshore fishing for mackerel, hake, pollock and haddock, the backbone of the season. Cod are being caught but must be released. Lots of whales out here so there might be tuna around too. Well worth a peek. Striped bass are in the rivers of Maine and New Hampshire because the heavy rain cooled the water down and brought in the fish. However it is dirty. Squid, mackerel and pogies are in the area and the bass dine on them. The Merrimack is also running high and muddy. It will flush and clean up with several more tides. Pogies are just off shore and mackerel were in the mouth of the Merrimack. The oceanfront has some fish that can be caught with clams and cut bait. However don’t overlook a simple sea worm. Fish off the jetties, oceanfront or just up the river.
BOSTON HARBOR --There are some 30-plus pound bruisers found here. I will give you a triangle and these bass are inside of it: Hull Gut, Winthrop to Everett. There are pods of pogies and some mackerel schools throughout the harbor. Find a school, snag a pogie and hook it in the back or put the hook through the nose and let it swim free. One never knows what lurks below. Lynn to Gloucester has pockets of bait fish and striped bass to 30 pounds. Black sea bass are few and far between.
LOWELL AND VICINITY -- Freedom Lake in Chelmsford is bubbling over with the prospects of big bass and pickerel. I was there Thursday and fish were jumping all over this great pond. Bring a bucket of shiners and I bet you will run out in a couple of hours. Paul Sawicki fished the Swift River just prior to the heavy rain and was scoring on 18-inch brook trout and 16-inch rainbows. The Merrimack River fishing will get better as it cleans up from heavy rains above here that have muddied the water. The good news is the river cooled off and that should make the fish more active. Good luck!
-- BILL BISWANGER