trout not close in summer
May 19, 2012 at 1:10am
In Hopedale, you have to go east for the trout from May-August, generally at least Machias, the Rocks/Gardner Island, or Eloi Bay. That's where the keeper trout are spawning, which goes on 4-day cycles from May-August. You could fish there in a small boat if the winds are down, but its a long, slow haul. By late June, the trout are often even further out in the Sound, just too far.
Often I get tired of that grind (and blowing all the money on gas), and I fish close as well. Sometimes nice trout move into Two Trees, Coquille or Robin between spawns. I'll try for them briefly, fishing the mouth of deep bayous with live shrimp, but if the bite isn't there I don't waste time on them. There are plenty of reds, drum, flounder, and sheephead to catch, target those instead. Fish points and islands with currents and shell banks.
By September, the trout will be in St. Malo after the spawn.
The other summer alternative with a small boat is to launch where the trout are already spawning: Grand Isle.