Tide Chart & Saltwater Fishing Report

The number for each high and low tide indicates the height in feet above or below sea level. This chart shows tides for the mid-coast of York County; tide times are a few minutes earlier to the north (Old Orchard Beach) and a few minutes later to the south (York Beach). Tides are affected by the weather and cycles of the moon, and the actual times and tide heights can differ slightly from the predictions below.

New Federal & State Fishing Regulations

•  Fishermen may keep one striped bass per angler, 28 inches in length or more.
• The new bag limit for codfish is zero. Anglers can no longer keep any codfish landed on a hook and line regardless of size.


Saltwater Fishing Report: Striper Fishing Strong as the Season Winds Down

Saltwater anglers enjoyed another productive fishing season along the southern Maine coastline. Although most would agree that it did not reach the great fishing of two years ago, both inshore and offshore fishermen reported many excellent catches.


Bob McCormack from Portland, Maine, caught this beautiful striped bass while fishing aboard the Striper Swiper on September 22.

It was nice to have some bluefish to catch for a change this season even though it did not last very long. The striped bass fishing, however, was steady and consistent. Offshore fishermen had a banner season catching both ground fish and game fish such as sharks and tuna.


Kennebunkport: The striper fishing from Cape Porpoise to Wells picked up as larger fish moved through on the fall migration. Striped bass should continue to bite right through the month and well into October. There have been consistent catches of stripers along the beachfronts and rock piles from Parsons Beach to Cape Porpoise. The Kennebunk River has also been producing good catches of stripers. That calm water sanctuary has been a boon for boat fishermen when autumn winds make the ocean too rough to navigate safely.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Tackle had a good striper report over the past weekend. She had daily reports of schools of stripers in the surf off Kennebunk, Ogunquit and York beaches. Many people are seeing the fish tails slapping and birds working, but not so many caught. They seem to be feeding on four- to five-inch herring and sand eels.  If you can’t snag some of that bait, sea worms have worked well as an alternative over the last week.
Fish are also being caught in the Mousam River on Heddon spoons in the colors bone and hambone. Salt Pro Minnows and Needle Eel metal lures that mimic sand eels have also been working well. Mackerel are scarce, but those caught have been offshore a bit and very scattered. The seas have been a bit sketchy over the last week, so there aren’t many out there attempting to catch bait from their boats. 


York: Captain Phil Breton of Breton Fly Shop and Charters told me striper activity has slowed up some, and he has had a difficult time finding mackerel. Fishermen using live eels at night have been catching 40-plus-inch fish. Chunks of mackerel have also been working well in the surf.


Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell reported last week was a great week to be on the water, with sunny days, light winds and calm seas. The fishing started off strong from Goose Rocks to Cape Porpoise with big schools of mackerel and striped bass, but Goose Rocks got very quiet towards the end of the week. 


Saco River and Saco Bay: Pete from Saco Bay Tackle reported that fishing has been steady off the beaches of Old Orchard Beach and Biddeford Pool. Eels have been working, using just a swivel on dead low tide near Goosefair Brook in Ocean Park and by the University of New England. Birds are still working the waters off Wood Island, and Pete’s son caught a bluefish while they were out near the three-mile mark. Pete said that customers are still coming in mostly for bait and chunking off the shore. Some other lures that have been popular this week are the Atoms popper 1 3/4 ounce blue and white and the Bomber black and purple 7-inch. All-in-all, September has been a great month for fishing.


From June to October, fishing and sight-seeing is offered by Captain Greg Metcalf along the Kennebunkport coastline aboard the custom 23-foot Striper Swiper. Captain Greg Metcalf has more than 30 years of experience sport-fishing in the Northeast. Call Captain Greg year-round at 401-617-9265, email greg@captaingregmetcalf or visit www.captaingregmetcalf.com