Fishing Heats Up with Sunshine and Warming Waters


Sergeant First Class Amanda Webber caught her striped bass at the 3rd annual Fishing for Freedom event celebrating the Wounded Heroes of southern Maine on June 14th.

It was a great week of fishing along the southern Maine shoreline. Sea conditions were difficult, but anglers fishing both the inshore and offshore waters were rewarded for their patience as mackerel and stripers moved into the inshore coastal area. Mackerel fishing has been sporty but the stripers are hungry and easy to fool for a change. The offshore ground fishing turned red hot as boats reported excellent catches of haddock, pollock, and even a few halibut.

Kennebunkport: Fishing along the shoreline between Cape Porpoise to Parsons Beach picked up considerably last weekend. Last week the water temperature was a frigid 48 degrees, but it warmed up into the low 60s this week, which really helped the bite. There is a decent body of stripers in the Kennebunk River, along the rocky shoreline of Ocean Avenue as well as along the beaches from Gooch’s all the way to Parsons. Mackerel have shown up as well and that is very good sign for striper fishermen.

Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet Bait and Tackle told me they have solid striper reports from Kennebunk through Kittery. Many small stripers have been caught on flies. White, pink and sand eel pattern have been hot colors. One of the store’s customer’s has been fishing a crab Clouser with great success too.
Trolling tube and worms in the Webhannet, York and Saco rivers has yielded a lot of stripers this season as well.  Most are in the upper 20-inch range with a few bigger keeper-sized fish mixed in. Live mackerel have caught the largest stripers, mostly from boats fishing right up close to the shore.

The mackerel have been scattered and very spotty. Small pollock are abundant and are a great live bait substitute. Herring has been found in a few keeper striped bass bellies too.  Herring have been running up the Mousam. Offshore haddock fishing is hot right now, with white or purple flies working along with bait. 

York:  Captain Phil Breton told me Longs Sands Beach is producing great fishing. There are lots of schooling fish with some big ones mixing in. Captain Phil caught a 38-inch bass there on Saturday.
Short Sands Beach and Cape Neddick Harbor are loaded with micro-size stripers in the 15-inch range. Mackerel have been spotty in York like everywhere but the mackerel fishing at Nubble Light has been relatively steady. The Cliff House area and the Ogunquit Bell have also been producing many keeper-size stripers.

Goose Rocks Beach: Captain Steve Brettell reported that weather has limited his fishing time. Stripers have been coming up into the shallows of Goose Rocks Beach as the tide is coming in. Little River (the one at the Biddeford border) has been holding lots of small stripers on the high tide.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me mackerel are scattered and tough to locate. There have been rumors of bluefish in Saco Bay. There is a good run of keeper-size fish in the Saco River feeding on herring. The river water temperature is in the high 60s. It was only 54 degrees on the beach with very big swells, which makes fishing very challenging.

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