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.

Striper Catches on the Rise with Calmer Seas

Rough seas made fishing conditions difficult for boaters during the week after the 4th of July, but surf fishermen enjoyed some excellent striped bass fishing. All the ingredients are now present for the saltwater fishing along the southern Maine coast to break wide open any day now.


Tim Berger from New Hampshire shows off the 37-inch striper that he caught while fishing aboard the Striper Swiper.

Kennebunkport: It was another hard week of fishing from Cape Porpoise to Parsons Beach. Rough seas made made it very difficult to fish many of the usually productive hot spots, but determined anglers aboard my boat, the Striper Swiper who braved the big waves were able to catch a few quality stripers.
Our biggest bass of the week was caught by Tim Berger from New Hampshire who landed a 37-inch fish. Mackerel fishing remained outstanding all week long.

Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Bait and Tackle told me there was lots of activity inside Wells Harbor this weekend. There were several fish caught with anglers using drifting worms off the sand bar on the lower tides. One family here on vacation caught a striper off the town dock with a hand line baited with clams. On Monday morning one lucky fisherman landed a 36-inch striper caught at low tide on a Gag’s Schoolie Popper. 
The Mousam River has produced good night-fishing on the falling tide. Some anglers have enjoyed success using clams and worm bait off the Route 9 bridge on the Mousam River during the higher daytime tides. 
Fishermen in Ogunquit report many fish inside the river, but they are pretty hard to hook. Most of those stripers are feeding on sand eels and the tons of bait in the rivers right now. The best approach on these fish is to use the Daiwa Salt Pro Minnow in their mackerel pattern or laser green shiner at the bottom of the tide in the rip. Mackerel are still scattered, but there are many reports of squid inside Wells Harbor.

York: Captain Jeremy Reynolds of the charter boat Fourtunate reported fishing has been good in the rivers and along the rocks for stripers. He has seen more schools of mackerel offshore than inshore.There are a lot of good quality ground fish on Jeffrey s Ledge. No bluefish to report yet, but the dogfish did show up offshore.

Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell reported fishing in the Goose Rocks area is still slow, but at least the fish have shown up. He can see striped bass schooling up in the surf and shallow water but can’t get them to bite yet. He is confident that the fishing should start to get very strong during the next several weeks.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me that the cold water persists due to high winds from the same direction (south) for the past week. 
Mackerel are scarce and scattered. Saturday was a calm day and anglers were able get on the beach where Bob Bowen from Newport, Vermont, landed a 41-inch bass on a live mackerel aboard the Amy Vee. The bite has been good in the Saco River, and that’s where Captain Cal will be fishing until conditions change.

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