Friday, June 8, 2018

Maine Striper Fishing Casco Bay

Maine Striper Season 2018

Quick Report: Maine Striper Fishing Portland area.

 Just getting back from the Keys after what was one of the wettest Mays on record, the fishing in late April was off the charts good and was this past week once the sun came out so we could see what the heck was swimming around us.After a couple long days and a late night drive towing the skiff, the fly lines have been changed to cool water the Tarpon boxes put away and striper gear is ready to roll,

Casco Bay
I was able to get out a scout a few mornings and happy to report found fish at every stop on Casco Bay  and saw very few anglers  fish size was all over the place from little schoolies to largest that we landed was just under 30,  Look to the weather to continue to warm and  more bait and bass to fill in the area fishery. More  report coming after the weekend...



As always feel free to reach out for a update and quick text works best. 207-671-4330

Capt. Eric Wallace

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Maine Striper Fishing Reports Page


FEDERAL REGULATION 2018
It is unlawful to fish for, take or possess striped bass in 
Federal waters (waters greater than 3 miles from shore).
STATEWIDE REGULATIONS
OPEN SEASON
January 1 through December 31, inclusive (except the Kennebec watershed, see below).
BAG & SIZE LIMITS A person may take and possess 1 fish per day. The fish must be 28 inches or greater in total length. TOTAL LENGTHTotal length is a straight line measurement from the lower jaw to the tip of the tail with the tail pinched together. DISPOSITION Personal use only, sale is prohibited. Fish must remain whole and intact.
GENERAL GEAR RESTRICTIONS
Hook and line only, no gaffing of striped bass.
No bait allowed when using treble hooks.
It is unlawful to use multiple (more than two) barbed or barbless treble hooks on any
artificial lure or fly while fishing for striped bass in territorial waters.
• It is unlawful to use any hook other than a non-offset circle hook when using bait.
Exception: Rubber or latex tube lures may be used without a circle hook as long as they are a minimum of 8 inches long and have a single hook protruding from
the end portion of the tubing where bait may be attached.

ILLEGAL LEGAL Total Length 28
SPECIAL KENNEBEC** REGULATIONS
(including the Sheepscot and Androscoggin Rivers and all related bays and tributaries)
CATCH & RELEASE SEASON WITH SPECIAL GEAR RESTRICTIONS From May 1 through June 30, inclusive. Fishing in this area is restricted to single hooked* artificial lures only and use of or possession of marine alive, is prohibited.
OPENSEASON July1throughNovember30,inclusive.
CLOSEDSEASON StripedbassfishingisprohibitedfromDecember1through April 30, inclusive.
(* may be a single treble hook)
** The Kennebec watershed is defined as all coastal waters inside and upstream of a line drawn from the outer extremity of Cape Small, in Phippsburg, to the outer extremity of Salter Island, thence to the outer extremity of Cape Newagen, in Southport. This area includes the coastal waters of Popham Beach and the adjoining State Park, Reid State Park, and all riverine waters of the Kennebec, Sheepscot, and Androscoggin Rivers including all bays and tributaries of those rivers to the head of tide. Due to the removal of Edwards dam, the “head of tide” in the Kennebec River is now at the downstream side of the power line located approximately 4,200 feet upstream of the Calumet Bridge at Old Fort Western in Augusta (formerly the Father Curran Bridge) for enforcement purposes.
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES
Marine Resources Laboratory
PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575-0008 Telephone (207) 633-9500
Fax (207) 633-9579 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Maine Striper Fishing Reports 2017

Striper reports for 2017 will start soon, I am still in the FL Keys for Tarpon season, but will start doing trips in June back in Maine!!!  Check out this  short vid of a eat a few jumps and then fish bent out the hook.... Angler Chris Anderson from MT fishes the  Keys and Casco Bay, while living in one of the best Trout towns on the planet,, saltwater fix!!!! Capt Eric Wallace 207-671-4330

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome 2017 Fishing season.


Hope everyone has had a good winter and spring can move forward into the North East any day now!!! or you could come to spring and fish the Tarpon season in the lower keys. As far as fishing reports go,  I will post early season striper reports from the Cape Cod to Portland, once things get going for the 2017 season, I will be in the Keys into June and If you are looking to fish down here drop a email or give a call...







Airflow Product review.....Old Review from 2012        Fly Anglers when its goes to fly lines are often looking for a better mouse trap, a line that matches there new rod or casting style.  One of the reasons I put this link up to the old review is to show how long this series from Airflow as been a constant on my skiff, works well on so many rod actions these days, every level of caster enjoys it's performance and so often given them that extra range with bigger flies that our fishery demands. From floating lines to custom cut, Designed with a short compact head and integrated running line, these are  designed for extreme distance and casting big flies, there running line is truly hassle free. They come in floating, intermediate sink, type 3, and type 7 sinkers, so all of you fishing eventualities are covered. 

 A new sniper addition is the WF10 'custom cut' line - a level 35 foot head of 14 grains per foot going into an intermediate running line. 







Five years in the making!!!!!!!


The film is a multi-year road trip to intercept the Striped Bass migration from The remote beaches of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia through New Jersey's famed shore, to Rhode Island, night hunting in New York City, & a day on the flats in The Hamptons, to the rocky surf of Montauk, the sparkling islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket off of Massachusetts & up to the white sand flats of Maine. 3 parts: DVD, Spring, Summer and Fall The DVD follows the migration from Virginia to Maine in all conditions. Special features with new content including: inside surf guru Bill Wetzel's surf bag, Bob Popovics on-site beach tie of his famous hollow fly, Paul Dixon tying an epoxy fly for the flats, behind the scenes with world record holder Greg Myerson and friends, plus a memorable marina poem after the blitz with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. The film about the Striped Bass migration begins in The Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and follows the fish and the anglers who love them through New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York City, and The Hamptons, Montauk, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and up to Maine. Conventional World Record Holder Greg Myerson makes the 
boat shake with both his enthusiasm and his fish catches. His innovations are changing the sport. Along the way we fish from beaches and chase stripers in shallow water and blitzes with fly rods as well in moments that make your heart race.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maine Striper Fishing Reports June/July 2016

Lots of Bait Lots of Striped Bass  all good!!!

After  Tarpon season in the Keys, its fun to come back to some easy fishing, but first off I will need to say sorry for lack of reports, rolled into town after the drive back from the keys with the flat skiff in tow and turned around and was on the water 36 hrs later. I will tell you there are lots of little fish really spread out almost the entire bay and most of Maine's better waters are holding a mix of fish from 10-40 inches and Casco Bay has  seems to see a good push of fresh fish every few tides. lots of bait working there way into the river systems, the flats are working well, as long as you find the water temps you should be finding some snappy bigger fish. the outer island water temps are still off. More soon and give or text call to book a tide or just a updated report . Capt Eric Wallace  207-671-4330

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Maine Striper Fishing Reports and Guides

 
No -not a Striper, Its Tarpon Season in the lower Keys and I will be adding in some reports for the Keys as well... If you are interest in Fishing down here feel free to contact me.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Early Season Updates and Fly Pattern, Maine Striper Fishing

  Long Island’s bays and backwaters are teeming with baitfish. Herring, bunker, spearing, and even peanut bunker have been spotted in marinas, tidal creeks, and bays around the island.  when migratory stripers do arrive they’ll have plenty of food to keep them around and happy. Some stripers that have been caught on long island are thought to be resident fish, . Migratory fish should be arriving soon, and then the action on Cape Cod will not be too long after, once reports  start to surface. I will keep updates on the striper migration, but don't be to surprised if there is a little on the Tarpon fishing in the Fla Keys I will be guiding down there through late June and returning in-time for the best of Casco Bays Flats season for Striped Bass. 



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Maine Striper Fishing Reports Updated 2016

Check out the Jan/Feb 2016  Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine article on fishing Casco Bay.

Also Stripers Forever Live Auction starts Feb 5- 19th some great Gear and Guide Trips are up for auction, please help support a great group doing good stuff for the fishery.





Striper Forever  Annual Angler Survey Results
The results of the Stripers Forever 2015 Annual Fishing Survey are finalized and you will find them below. In 2015 we received 657 responses to our annual survey.  This represents the second year in a row of participation decline, and we believe that it reflects a decreasing interest in the fishery due to a decline in the quality of fishing.  This year’s survey has again produced a good representative sampling of sentiments from fishers all along the striper’s migratory range, and as usual MA and NJ vied for the greatest contributions with 154 and 149 completed surveys respectively.
2015 saw very little change in angler sentiment.  82% of anglers reported catching fewer fish compared to 85% in 2014.  73% said they were catching smaller fish compared to 71% in 2014.   In 2015 84% described the striper fishery as worse or much worse compared to 85% last year.  It seems evident that most of the older, larger fish from the great year classes of the 1990s and early 2000s have been removed from the population, and with the exception of an occasional school at certain peak periods the population is much less abundant now, and comprised mostly of smaller fish from the poor and mediocre year classes that have generally characterized the fishery since 2003.
We asked our members about what they were seeing from the 2011 year class.  The results were that 84% felt that this year class, which ASMFC biologist seem to be counting on, was appearing in the fishery at levels far below those that one would expect.  Only 16% of respondents felt that the 2011 year class was evident at levels expected from such a huge year class.
Answers to questions about the need for a slot limit of smaller-sized stripers, and what percentage of the current commercial quotas should be reallocated to recreational quotas, show that our members continue to believe we should not be harvesting large, breeding stripers, that they want to set aside a high percentage of the current commercial catch for conservation – and not harvest it themselves.  75% of our members said that they are willing to buy a stamp to finance the buyout of the commercial fishery.
We had survey results from 61 guides.  Without a doubt the decline in striper fishing is hurting this valuable industry as well as the related fishing tourism and tackle businesses.  The guides know how to fish their areas, though, and can usually produce the best results possible from their home waters.  If you are thinking about a guided trip please check out the guides and tackle shops listed on the Stripers Forever website.
We will send this information to the press and to fishery policy makers everywhere.  We hope that you will use this information personally to help us advocate for the goal of coast-wide striped bass game fish.  Please share the results with your local fishing club, home town newspaper, and elected officials that you may know.    


For More visit Stripers Forever website.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Maine Striper Fishing 2016 Reports and Guided Saltwater Fishing Trips- 207-671-4330



Casco Bays waters are settled into a good temp for early season striper action, mid 50's to lower 60s with a nice run of Blueback Herring in the system add in bass moving through the bay as they travel East towards the Kennebec and maybe beyond. This has made for good action with some larger fish and the area of activity is well spread out keeping the anglers happy and uncrowded....

Sorry as this is my first report as Capt Mike has been doing all the Striper trips while I just finished up with a great season in the Lower FL Keys and traveled back this week and looking forward to introducing the new skiff to the bay. We will start with more consistent updates in the near future - but as always feel free to Call, Text or email us for updates and open dates for the season. 2015 report 

Capt Eric Wallace 207-671-4330  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Maine Striper Fishing 2015 updates and new rules!!!



In the Fall of 2014 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Management Board voted to implement new coastwide recreational striped bass  regulations of 1 fish per day at a minimum size 28 inches, which scientists estimated would achieve a 31% reduction in the harvest. Giving states the option to find there own equivalent regs as long as they achieve at least a 25 percent reduction, you would think states would work together on this, once again the jackasses in ther suits and ties sitting on there ass far from the tide water find away to screw it up!!! what you got Maryland??

Devil in the detail.... conservation-equivalency-or-exploitation-equivalency please see the link!!

Maine: Two options are being considered.
Option A: One fish 28″ or larger.
Option B: One fish slot, 24″ to 26″


New Hampshire: Daily limit for striped bass: 1 fish per day, 28″ or larger.

Massachusetts:  Daily limit for striped bass: 1 fish per day, 28″ or larger.

Rhode Island: Daily limit for striped bass: 1 fish per day, 28″ or larger.

Connecticut: Daily limit for striped bass: 1 fish per day, 28″ or larger.

New York: Daily limit for striped bass: 1 fish per day, 28″ or larger.

New Jersey:  Daily limit for striped bass:  1 fish 28″ to <43 43="" and="" p="">
Delaware: Delaware’s Division of Fish & Wildlife held a public hearing on the recreational options in early 2015. Delaware’s 2015 recreational regulation will be set after thorough consideration of public input.

Maryland: An official announcement has not yet been made.

Virginia: Daily limit for striped bass: 1 fish per day, 28″ or larger.

North Carolina: Daily limit for striped bass: 1 fish per day, 28″ or larger.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Maine Striper Fishing the Flats Update late Summer 2014




If landing a striper on the flats in the 35-40 inch range has been a goal of yours, this might be the season!!!! the amount of large fish we have been sight fishing to is unreal!!! Some tides have been off as the bite goes with so much food in the system they are always not in the mood to eat feathers or soft plastics, but the right tides and conditions have been producing some days to remember!!!!!!! also a lack of fishing reports from us...... From Saco to the kennebec and all of Casco Bay have a good number of fish, great water temps and tons of food, the Bass should hang around now and move into there mid summer feeding habits, low light or tide will needed to be matched up for the best results. Give a call to book a guided trip or with any other questions on fishing the Maine coast... 



Capt. Eric Wallace 207-671-4330   www.coastalflyangler.com 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Maine Striper Fishing Report June 20, 2014

              
Some good saltwater  fishing reports from around the state of Maine, after a week of unstable weather  with inland area getting as much as 3.5 inches of rain and added in a couple days with hard wind,big full moon tides pushing around the bait just enough to make thing interesting, But searching around often pay off, and the  mid day sunshine has brought the water temps back into the zone making the fish happen and willing to eat..

Striped Bass are spread out in Casco Bay from Harpswell to Portland in good numbers water temps are good to go, even the outer islands fish can be found but seem to be on the  move in search of the bait that is either dropping out of the local river systems or traveling up for spawning.... This bait will be bright and flashy as it approaches the rivers but will turn a more yellowish tint as it spends some time in the brackish water 5-7 inch bait fish patterns are working well and can not express having some long pauses in your strip even if you are in the middle of a surface feed,,,, pause it -- let it get down into the mix and chances are you find yourself find some bigger fish. Capt Mike Roy had a blast using some black and purple tarpon toads  producing a bunch of eats in skinny water..




Sand eels, juvenile herring , river herring,mackerel and for the guys focused on the flats crabs are always on the stripers menu, There is some off colored water out there and all black flies in the 5-7 in herring profile have taken two of the largest fish we boated this past week one 34 and a fat 37 both on fly !!! and quickly released..

Light tackle anglers, I am just a fan of the sluggo I like the way they can be worked and how bass eat them. there is a endless number of artificial that work great.

If you are fishing the Kennebec River system remember to check the regulations as the area is Catch and Release and use of singled hooked artificial only, the use of any live bait is prohibited, This is a great regulation to help take some of the pressure of the wild reproducing fish in the system.

Overall things should just fill in and quality fishing should be the norm from the Kennebec south and west, we have 2-3 boat available each day so feel free to contact us about best tides or any other questions..




Capt. Eric Wallace
(207) 671-4330
http://www.coastalflyangler.com