Fishing season picking up

A great morning is planned on the Nissitissit River Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m., when volunteers from Trout Unlimited plant dozens of Black Gum Trees along the banks of the newly restored section of the river.

These trees will grow to 80 feet tall and provide great cover and food for wildlife. Volunteers are requested to meet at the former Millie Turner Dam site at Route 111, and if you have it, bring a shovel. Coffee will be available and the grill will be fired up after the 2-to-4 foot trees are planted.


NORTH SHORE — The haddock fishery continues to be very good for the party boat goer. Fish limits are common place on the all day charters. Now pollock are starting to get into the mix with some throw-back cod, so the action is fun on every turn. The Piscataqua River has flounder and stripe bass now. The bass are keeper size to 34 inches. Portsmouth has flounder and plenty of stripers chasing the end of the herring run. The Merrimack River has shad all the way to Lawrence and lots of them. First-time anglers should just cast a single or double red shad dart just below the dam in Lawrence and you will do well. Stripers here are also up to 20 pounds chasing the herring. The front of the island of Plum has bass at night on worms and clams. Boat anglers are catching mackerel and live lining them for some decent action. The big schools of mackerel have not shown yet but pockets are around if you look. The ocean front also has flounder on worms draped with a small red bead just above the hook.

BOSTON HARBOR — The best flounder fishing on the East Coast is in Boston Harbor. Fish the Quincy Bay to Hingham to Deer Island. This entire area has fish that often go over 4 pounds each. Good striper action here at Amelia Earhart Dam, as the herring run dwindles, the bass continue to hammer at those still in front waiting to go up river. Some of the stripers are 30 pounds. A few tautog have been caught in the inner harbor. Lynn is also giving up some good bass and flounder. Just east of the General Edwards Bridge, there is a fishing pier for anglers that can reach any fish that swims. Revere Beach at the circle has bass at night on clams and worms. For boaters, find some small mackerel or pollock and live line them around B Buoy and Egg Rock for some big bass.


LOWELL — The Merrimack has carp to 20 pounds on doe balls near the boat house on Monday. Great pumpkinseed fishing in the river on worms. Some of these fish are huge — over a pound each — and could earn you a state pin. Smallmouth bass are at the rocks around UMass Lowell on the beds. Bucket mouths are at Vesper to the Tyngsboro Bridge, all on their beds. The Nashua has bass but they are small to 2 pounds. Fun to catch, but to cows of late.


Courtesy of The Lowell Sun on June 10, 2016

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