Essex River - Crane Beach, Plum Island Sound, & Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Elliot Jenkins
Fly Fishing Map of Essex River, MA
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Essex River - Crane Beach, Plum Island Sound, & Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish small clousers on sinking line and try using your lighter rods so that small fish feel fun. My favorite thing to do this time of year is bust out my H2 one piece 6 wt and 200 gr sinking line.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 19 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Essex River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Capt. Eliot Jenkins

Fishing conditions: Bigger fish are around from time to time. Its a matter of trying spots and moving quickly until you find the fish.. things tend to be changing daily with bait on the move. Cheers, Capt. Eliot

Inshore temperature: 69 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 67 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: Juvenile herring, mackerel, sand eels, crabs, post spawn herring, shrimp, pogies, and other small baitfish (silversides, mummichog)

Fish species: Striped bass, Bluefish, False albacore, Bonita, & Bluefin Tuna

Fishing season: May 20th - October 20th

Nearest airport: Logan Airport, Boston

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Essex River/Crane Beach/Ipswich Bay Description

The Essex River originates in Essex, Massachusetts, and is a tidal river. It is a part of the Great Marsh System along the northern most coast of Massachusetts. The Essex River and its extensive saltwater marshes and islands are protected from the forces of the ocean by Crane Beach, a three mile long barrier island located in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Striped bass move into the Essex River and the marshes and ...

Techniques & Tips

Slow presentation in the colder water

7-Day Forecast

If the conditions hold steady the striped bass and bluefish bite should stay good - get out there!

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