There are few fish that Maine is renowned for, though undoubtedly one of the best candidates is the striped bass, a beautiful, strong fish that is becoming more common throughout Maine's waterways both on and off shore. Easily distinguished by a set of continuous dark stripes, the striped bass is one of Maine's premier game fish. Striped bass, or stripers as they are often known, are well known for their speed, agility and fighting ability that has caused many an angler problems. Due to this, stripers have gained trophy fish status, particularly those few that near five feet in length and tip the scales at around the 60 pound mark ' these are by no means small fish.
Striped bass have a hugely dedicated following of anglers, each of which has their own preferred method of fishing striped bass as well as favorite spots, times, baits and lures. The best time to fish for striped bass and the best location will vary depending on who you ask, though there are a few general guidelines that will help you get the best out of striper fishing in Maine.
June and July are widely reported as being the best months to catch striped bass, though fishing remains reasonable right up until late September-early October time. Much of this is to do with the striped bass sensitivity to temperature, with waters around 63 degrees Fahrenheit thought to be the optimum a for striper fishing. Outside of this window there is very little striper action. There are also many myths as to the best time of day to catch stripers, though as with many other species, dawn and dusk are firm favorites with experienced anglers.
They say that location is everything, and fishing for stripers is no exception. Fortunately, Maine has a whole host of superb striped bass spots which are suitable for everyone from the young angler looking for fast, frequent action right up to the seasoned veteran looking for that trophy striper. Penobscot River is a particularly well documented striped bass hotspot, as is Parsons Beach, Scarborough River Jetty and the Augusta Boat Landing. Other stretched of Scarborough River are known to host a high striped bass population, as are regions of the Kennebec and Sheepscot watersheds.
The best place to fish will depend largely on what you are looking for. If it is just a good day out fishing with the family, then any one of Maine's many rivers and offshore spots that support stripers will be more than adequate. However, if you are instead looking for bigger fish or perhaps even a trophy catch, one of Maine's striper hotspots, such as those listed above, are for you.
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