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April 13, 2017

Maine: At Naples Bait and Tackle, Dave reports that he has been busy serving both ice anglers and open water anglers. He suspects the recent push of warm weather will begin to put an end to what ice is left. He reports salmon up to six pounds caught in Sebago, but most fish are running three to four pounds. He also reports lots of slot-sized lake trout. Most fish are coming on smelt, “live, frozen, or pickled,” says Dave.

New Hampshire:
Alan at A.J.’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith reported a busy weekend with many rainbow trout and a few nice salmon being caught, mostly on smelt. As of last weekend, there were still few areas to launch a boat on Winnipesaukee and many anglers were carrying kayaks and small boats to whatever shore access sites they could find. He noted that boat access to Winnisquam and Opechee were open. Alan expects that the recent warm weather will kick off the annual smelt run and encourages anglers to target the mouths of brooks, because the salmon and rainbows will.

Chad at Dover Marine was busy spooling reels, but took time out to tell us that he saw a few salmon around the Wolfeboro docks last weekend. He is anticipating some big salmon being caught this year as soon as the smelt run begins. Locally, Chad reported that the wind opened up Willand Pond in Somersworth/Dover and he already had customers reporting catches of bass and rainbow trout. The river fishing that had been hot is almost non-existent due to high fast water that is typical of this time of year.

Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors reported that many local ponds were beginning to open up after a windy weekend. The recent temperature spike should put an end to whatever local ice is left. He was excited about the possibility of getting out in his Predator Kayak for some pre-spawn panfishing very soon.

Pete at Fishing Finatics in Everett reports that “trout is king” right now. Hot spots include Horne Pond in Woburn, Walden and White’s Ponds in Concord, Lexington and Brookline Reservoirs, and Crystal Lake in Newton just to name a few. Power eggs with a meal worm have been the hot bait. He also reported some good trout catches in the Ipswich River from Reading to Topsfield on spinners with worms. Pete says that anglers are reporting catches of holdover striped bass below many dams, including the Charles River dam. He also noted that haddock season opens on April 15.

Because of inherent time restrictions of gathering fresh, up-to-date information, editing and producing this report in a timely manner, occasional errors or marginal information may slip by us. We try our hardest to provide accurate information. We urge readers to use this report as a tool to increase their fishing pleasure and not to rely on as their sole resource. First or second hand information is offered by fishing guides, commercial fishing charters or party boats, bait and tackle dealers, well-known successful anglers and state and federal fisheries and natural resources enforcement officials. We also welcome and use reports forwarded to us by fishermen that use this report. - Kittery Trading Post Fishing Report Editor, Tim Moore

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