Cool Weather Has Meant a Slow Start for Anglers

The recent fishing activity is about week or two behind last season. The extended periods of inclement weather has cooled the water down to below 50 degrees. This has proved to be a bit of a setback for local fishermen. Stripers that have migrated to the southern Maine area have moved into the warmer waters of our inlets and rivers. But things should be back to normal as the seasonable weather continues.


It won’t be long before stripers like this 34-inch fish caught by Addy Hasteadt from Columbus, Texas, aboard the Striper Swiper will be an everyday occurrence.

Kennebunkport: Most of the charter boats in the Kennebunk River that went out and fished over Memorial Day weekend had limited results. The water is still very cold and the fishing was slow. There were a few small stripers caught and released, but no mackerel could be found in the 48-degree water. The best action was in the Kennebunk River where Captain Dave Rand caught a keeper-size striper. As the water warms up and more bait moves in, the fishing is sure to turn on.

Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet Bait and Tackle told me that stripers have been around for a couple of weeks, but there aren’t very many fishermen after them yet. The most solid reports have been from those fishing tubes and sea worms in the Saco and York rivers. The Mousam and Webhannet rivers have also had a lot of school-sized fish in the mid-20-inch range.

Most of the action is further up in the rivers where the water is warmer. Small shad and Fin-s lures have also worked in white or black. Ogunquit has a lot of fish running under the bridge daily and in the surf, but they are a little picky and not many have been landed. Offshore, the haddock and pollock fishing has been solid taking pink and dark purple flies. There were some mackerel around about a week ago but they have moved back out with the cold water. Brandy is confident they will re-appear soon.

York: Captain Phil Breton told me there are large schools of small stripers in the Piscataqua and York rivers. Phil thinks fishing should start to heat up this week as soon as the water warms up a few more degrees and the mackerel arrive in force.

Goose Rocks Beach: Captain Steve Brettell has yet to try fishing the Goose Rocks shoreline but plans to give it a whirl this weekend, weather permitting. He said there have been reports of small herring and school-size stripers in the area.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me the fishing in the Saco River this past week was slightly slower than previous seasons. Most of the striper action is trolling with tube and worm rigs in the Saco River and the fishing has been fair to good. Mackerel and harbor pollock have been hard to find. Things should turn around in a hurry with a few days of warm sunshine.


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