After a long wait, it is finally fishing season out of the coast. Striped bass are being caught everywhere and anglers are reporting some fish over 40 inches. Anglers are having luck using chunk mackerel from the beaches, especially at night, but don’t limit yourself to the coast! There have been a number of good-sized fish caught within Little/Great Bay recently as well. There are plenty of baitfish around right now, a lot of sand lance in and around Hampton Harbor, and we are seeing a lot of juvenile Atlantic herring in New Hampshire’s harbors again this year. Winter flounder are still being caught within the harbors in Hampton/Seabrook and Rye, but as the waters warm up, they are starting to make their way outside of the jetties as well. Mackerel made their way inshore and have been in good numbers along the Isles of Shoals. We are still waiting on reports of the first squid; let us know if you find it!
Remember to report your striped bass fishing trips at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/surveys/striped-bass.html and visit the coast this Independence Day!