Fishing in Wells Maine

Striped Bass

Fishing for striped bass is the hottest thing in fishing around Wells during the summer. A lot of folks fish off the the jetties at the entrance to Wells harbor. There is paid parking available for the jetties on either the Drakes Island side or the Wells Beach side of the jetties. If you fish early in the day or in the late afternoon-evening time the parking is free.

The stripers are caught using bait or artificial lures and with artificial flies. Just be sure that anything you keep is legal. This striper hit a Berkley Gulp Menhaden soft bait. I've been hving most of my luck this year with these baits.

To be legal in Maine, a striped bass must be between 20" and 26" in length OR 40" or over. Under 20" are considered juveniles and must be given a fair shot a growing up. Between 26" and 40" the fish are in their prime breeding age. Let's give them a chance to have some fun.

These happy campers are taking home three striped bass.

Menhaden AKA - Pogy or Mossbunker

These fish have been so thick in Wells harbor lately that you can walk across them. I've been seeing a lot of fishermen get all excited with the hundreds of fish popping out of the water near low tide. About 12" to 15" in length and very bony and oily these are not something you want to cook up a mess of for dinner. But they can be a lot of fun if you hook one by accident. I say by accident because you will not really catch one of these. Whatever you can throw at them, they don't want it. All they eat is plankton, so unless you have a 20 micron sized lure that imitates phytoplankton they will not be interested.

But don't despair, Not far from the plankton eating menhaden are probably some menhaden eating predators such as big striped bass! Some guys will snag one or two menhaden to chunk up for bass bait.


I recently found myself needing to add a sliding sinker to my fishing line after the hook was on and baited. See how I solved this problem of the slinding sinker afterthought here.


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