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: Weather Remains Cool, but Fishing is Hot!

Salt water anglers fishing from boats, kayaks as well as surf fishermen had a good week catching inshore species like mackerel, stripers and a few early bluefish. Deep water anglers did very well on the offshore grounds catching haddock, and they are starting to see the first tuna of the season.


 

Addy Hasteadt, 16, from Columbus, Texas, shows off the 34-inch striper she caught on June 20th aboard the Striper Swiper.  Her brother Cullen and dad Stuart caught fish as well, but she landed the biggest one of the trip.

Kennebunkport: The mackerel fishing from Cape Porpoise to Wells Bay has been outstanding. Striped bass fishing in the Kennebunk River and along the beaches from Parsons Beach to Gooch’s Beach has been steadily improving with many quality fish taken this past week. Most of the action has been by anglers using live pollock or mackerel for bait. Fly fishermen have also been very successful on the early morning tides.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet Bait and Tackle reported fishing was on again/off again this past week. The best and most consistent fishing has been in the Mousam River. Anglers trolling with tube and worm rigs and casting soft plastics treated with a sand eel scent have been doing very well.


There were also a few hot-top water bites on the jetty on Tuesday and Thursday mornings this week. Mackerel fishing has been very strong and the offshore fishing remains excellent. Captain Scott ventured offshore again this week and limited out on haddock. He also landed several medium to jumbo-sized pollock. 


York: Captain Jeremy Reynolds told me things have not changed much from the previous week. There are plenty of school- sized stripers with larger fish starting to show up in good numbers.


There were also a couple of reports of bluefish being landed off Long Sands Beach in York. Mackerel of all sizes have moved in and are abundant along the southern Maine shoreline, Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor areas. Haddock fishing remains strong on the outside humps.


Goose Rocks Beach: Captain Steve Brettell reported the Goose Rocks area has been slightly slower than other areas of the southern Maine coastline. There are plenty of sand eels and small herring – all bait that stripers love, but the cool water has dampened the bite. Fly fishermen fishing the beach have had the most success. Fishing in the Cape Porpoise area has been quite a bit stronger.


Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me that mackerel showed up in force on Tuesday of last week and the larger striped bass arrived the following day. Captain Cal and his crews have caught keepers every day, live-lining mackerel. Cal's biggest fish of the week was a 41-inch striper that was caught by Richard Hogan, who is the harbormaster of Winthrop, Massachusetts. He hooked the fish on a live mackerel in Saco Bay.

 


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