Essex River - Crane Beach, Plum Island Sound, & Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Elliot Jenkins
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Essex River - Crane Beach, Plum Island Sound, & Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Get out there! Stripers are showing up daily.. mostly small but theres some better fish in the mix if you know where to look. I have openings starting in early June. Thanks, Capt. Eliot Jenkins
Fishing Report Last Updated:
6 / 14 / 2019
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Essex River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Capt. Eliot Jenkins

Fishing conditions: Warming temps in the 70's should only help the Striper fishing - The wind is a factor, typical for this time of year & the tides are looking good this week.

Inshore temperature: 60 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 58 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

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

Look for feeds! And try topwater poppers and gurglers to call up scavenging stripers. If water is cold fish low and slow with clousers and other deepwater presentations.

7-Day Forecast

Cooler temps have stalled the the race to cooler waters and Striped Bass are taking up residence on the North Shore. Fish are feeding on Herring heading to the rivers, Sand Eels lurking off the beaches, and whatever else they can find in between. The fishing should stay hot this week and I don't see much change due to consistent temps and typical winds.


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