Fish are in hot water - unfortunately
The Lowell Sun
Updated: 07/16/2010

The water temperatures are just so warm it's like taking a bath at home. It's not that refreshing to you and the stripers hate it. Trout are suffering and there have been fish kills of bass, panfish, and crappie reported on a couple rivers because the oxygen content and heat are just way off. We need another couple days of 70 degree weather with rain. This will excite the fish and make them more eager to feed. It's been a rough week all around but we managed to find a few spots where you can still catch a fish or two.


Stripers are tough but you can manage a few with live eels at night at Joppa. It's commercial season again, which means there is going to be more pressure on the fish. The legal size for the commercial fisherman is 36 inches; non-commercial fishermen can still take two fish over 28 inches. More stripers are found in Maine waters than in New Hampshire or Massachusetts. But this will change fast with a good Nor'easter. Blues are scattered in small pods but really have not made a big run on the beaches just yet. Another two weeks and I think this will change for the better. Offshore, the dogfish are raising havoc with party boaters. But the captains from all-day charters are getting out further and avoiding most of the problems. Haddock, cusk and wolfish are on the menu.

BOSTON HARBOR -- Stripers at the rocks and off Castle Island at first light. Blues are getting thicker but have not come in just yet in the numbers we will see in another week or three. Presidents Row has a few cod but watch for the worms' lots of whales at the 15-mile marker. Revere is slow. Point of Pines now has flounder and lots of schoolies. Lynn Pier off the Route 1 A bridge has flounder and schoolies. Lots of bait-size pollock in the inner harbor as well. Outer Brewster is the best bet for keeper-size stripe bass.


If you want a challenge, go to Cow Pond Brook and wear some short boots, bring a six-foot fishing rod and some worms and take a walk in from Route 40. Go in at least 50 yards and start fishing.

You are very likely to find some very nice brook trout both stocked and native. It's a secret spot I have kept for many years that at one time some 50 years ago gave up 5-pound brook trout but you had to get off the road. The Merrimack is low and that means to fish for carp and largemouth bass at the Tyngsboro Bridge. Nothing huge here but a 3-pound bass is a good fish.