june 1st, 2019 Inland Fishing Report from Diamond Pass Outfitters
Striped Bass fishing has remained strong and is only getting better with each passing day. Fish are being caught from the Piscataqua to the Kennebec Rivers. The majority of the fish are still school sized bass with a few larger fish in the mix. Focus your efforts on the periods with the most moving water, which is typically two hours into either tide. The Saco River is fishing well throughout, anglers are catching good numbers of fish downriver using soft plastics, like the the Dartspins, Hogy Protails, and Ron-Z’s. There hasn’t seemed to be any color preference, so choosing the color you feel most confident with will prove to be the best bet. Fish are hitting topwater plugs as well. Skid Sticks, and Jumpin’ Minnows downriver. Fly anglers are catching using the standard clousers, deceivers and sand eel patterns. Anglers trolling a tube and worm are also finding good success.
As the Alewives continue their push upriver so do the larger Striped Bass. Fishing larger soft plastics, like the Gravity Tackle Mondos, Hogy Originals, and Slug- Go’s will all fool hungry Striped Bass keyed in on the larger baitfish. Topwater plugs like the Striper Mainiac Pencils, and Two Lights Tackle Spooks are perennial favorites upriver. The Yo-Zuri Mag Darter will also work well if the fish are holding a bit deeper and unwilling to take anything up top.
The marshes are still fishing well, I have yet to find something that won’t work up there (within reason). There is a good mix of fish up there as well ranging from 12 inches to mid thirties. There has also been some good numbers of shad still up there.
I haven’t seen much on the beaches yet, but I know some local anglers are getting fish off of them, and off of the ledges as well. The mackerel have not made their presence known yet, at least not in any real numbers nut when they do, the Striped Bass will be moving out to the beaches and islands with more regularity. Stay tuned, the fishing should explode here shortly as long as the weather holds true. Good Luck!
Capt. Lou Tirado
Diamond Pass Outfitters