August 8, 2013

Saltwater Fishing Report

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FEDERAL: It is unlawful to fish for, take or possess striped bass in federal waters (greater than three miles from shore).

STATEWIDE: An angler may fish all year for striped bass, but may only keep one per day that measures between 20 and 26 inches total length or one striped bass per day that measures 40 inches or greater in total length. If you have any questions or would like copies of the saltwater regulations, call 633-9505 or check at: dmr/recreational/rechomepage.html

ZONE 3: Stripers are around and fishermen are telling of the best catches of these fish in several years. Anglers should look for and fish areas of moving water and bird activity. There is a lot of bait around so you may be seeing these fish but can't get one to take your hook. Bloods bounced along the bottom in Sag Bay or off the beaches will get fish as will eels, clams and chunk macs. Those fishing the rivers should fish deep and during the early morning or just after sunset. If you choose to work artificials try Creek Chub poppers, the 41/2- to 51/2 inch flecked Slug-Gos or 4-inch White Grubs. Any anglers striper fishing east of the St. George? Mackerel are spotty west of Boothbay Harbor.

If you are a recreational saltwater angler, Maine law may require you to register with the Maine Saltwater Recreational Fishing Registry. To learn more or to register, visit or call 633-9505. 

This saltwater report is compiled by Bruce Joule, Maine Department of Marine Resources, P.O. Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575. If you have information to report, call 633-9505 or email:


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