08/12/2018 Fishing Report
Striper action has been hot off of the beaches recently despite the hot weather and lots of anglers are getting after it! Some pogys and mackerel are still around and can be caught or snagged from a boat. These sources of bait can be found around the islands in the bays and around the Camp Ellis and Pine Point Jetties. Of course, the best times to fish for striped bass from shore is at dusk, dawn and night. Not only is this when most gamefish feed heavily, it is also when there is the least amount of human activity on the beaches. Right now, many of the reports of successful outings have been the result of the baits: sandworms, clams and mackerel rigged on a sliding bait rig on the bottom. Artificial lures such as 1 oz Ronz Soft baits, Sebile Magic Swimmers, wooden poppers and divers and SP Minnows are all great choices to imitate a wide range of forage types. Fly anglers have been having great success recently at the mouths of the rivers by throwing flies that imitate a sand eel, as well as clouser and crab style flies. Higgins beach, Ocean Park, Pine Point and Biddeford Pool are all excellent choices when selecting a spot to fish.
Some local shore-side freshwater bass fishing opportunities include: the Saco Industrial Park road pond, Millikin Mills Pond and the bass pond behind the Saco Transfer Station. The Saco River from the Skelton Dam in Dayton down to Rotary Park in Biddeford also provides great shoreside bass and trout fishing. Boat or kayak fishermen can catch lots of numbers in Little Ossipee, Arrowhead and Little Sebago lakes.