The stripers continue to be active in the shallow water early in the morning and again in the evening. Don't overlook water that seems too shallow to hold a 28 inch bass. We ended up wading at one point yesterday morning because I couldn't pole the flats boat over the bars where the fish were feeding.
No great bluefish news from the Kennebec. There are a few around but we haven't seen nor heard of any blitzes. Better bluefish reports come from Casco Bay and the Saco. Although they usually make a solid showing here by now, I'm reversing my previous prediction to say that it is not too late for a little mayhem.
Hurricane Bill will stir up the oceanside flats as the combination of big surf and strong tides will make sighting fish more challenging next week. Rain predicted for today and tomorrow will keep the River running high. I don't expect any significant changes to our fishing pattern to come from this weather event as it is far offshore but keep your eyes on the tropical forecast. My notes show that in many years the first distinct transition from summer to fall fishing occurs as the remnants of a hurricane pass through our waters.
Speaking of transitions...we're poised and ready for the young of the year alewives to start dropping down river in force. I spoke with a biologist doing haul seining sampling upriver and he isn't seeing large numbers of these key baitfish moving towards the salt water...yet.
The high tides have moved more junk into the Kennebec and New Meadows. Keep your eyes peeled for logs and limbs if you're getting an early start or finishing late.
The decrease in length of daylight is now significant. A 5:00 AM departure from the dock happens in the dark. If we leave by 4:30 we've got lots of time to stalk the fish in the shallow water before the light puts them off. Getting an early start continues to be key. By mid-morning the fish show themselves much less frequently and become much harder to tempt with a fly or lure.
The greenheads are almost gone. I'm back to wearing my sandals without socks. I pulled out of the boat my dry bag of warm layers that hasn't been used in a couple of weeks now [quite a stretch of weather for Maine] to wash everything before that first chilly morning that should be here soon.
I'm off the water for today and tomorrow [seems very odd], teaching a saltwater fly fishing class. Enjoy the weekend and watch out for the thunderstorms.
Capt. Peter Fallon