Carroll and Lila Ware from Fins and Furs Adventures in Skowhegan kicked off their 4th of July weekend with some striped bass fly fishing action on the lower Kennebec River.
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Conditions: The River is a bit muddy due to some heavy rain last week and big tides. Water temps are from the high 50s to high 60s.
Bait the fish are feeding on: Juvenile Atlantic herring, sand eel, river herring, eel
Species to fish for this week: Striped Bass, Atlantic Mackerel, some sharks offshore
Fishing Tactics: Big bulky flies and bright colored lures up river, more life-like offerings downriver in the cleaner water are working best. The striped bass are hanging on structure with sporadic surface feeds happening early and late day.
My fly fishing tip of the week: Sinking lines and medium sized flies fished around structure and banks are producing great right now.
My spin fishing tip of the week: Switch to bait during mid-day when the striped bass go deep. Worms and cut bait are working in many spots on the river.
7 day outlook: great weather and warmer temps will increase the water temps. Post full moon tides will slow the current in the river.
John Kern and his nieces Sara and Jennifer catch a bunch of Kennebec River stripers on spinning and fly fishing gear. We had a 200 pound harbor seal steel the last fish of the morning.
Gregg Jenkins and his wife Shelli fly fishing for striped bass on the Kennebec River. Greg catches the very first fish on his 9wt. bamboo fly rod that he built over the winter. Great work on the catch and the rod Gregg. The rod casted great with both a floating and Depthcharge line and has enough butt strength to lift a spirited striped bass.
Tom & Naomi Nicoll joined me for their 20th year of Kennebc River striped bass fishing. The morning turned out to be one of the best trips we have had. My clients have had great action on both fly and spinning gear over the past three weeks!