Best bet for this week is still trout fishing in the local ponds. The 2017 spring season has been off the charts for brown trout and rainbows.
All of the recently-stocked freshwater rivers and ponds from the South Shore of Massachusetts to Maine have been producing great catches of trout. They have been eager to hot both artificial as well as natural offerings, and it’s likely that you can find some cooperative fish in a water body near you. Flounder fishing is still very slow but improving with every degree of increase in the water temperature. Some scattered reports of sub-legal fish have been filtering in for a few weeks, and this past week saw several more legal fish landed. Haddock season opened on April 15th with high hopes of some solid spring action, and early reports did not disappoint! We should have a better grasp on this fishery next week after the boats have been out for a few trips, but the commercial boats and lobstermen have reported large schools on the inshore grounds.
Also of note this week, the MA DMF announced its 2017 final marine regulation changes for fluke as follows:
FLUKE/SUMMER FLOUNDER: May 22 – September 24, 4 fish, 17-inch minimum. For those keeping track, this results in the same season as 2016 but the minimum length has increased from 16 inches to 17, and the bag limit has decreased from 5 fish down to 4.