When is Lobster Season in New England?
As members of a true New England seafood destination, we at Weathervane Seafood Restaurants know what our guests like to eat. By far, the most popular of our delicious and hearty meals featured on our extensive menus has to be the lobster — and luckily, it’s always lobster season in our restaurants!
Nothing else really compares to lobster season. Guests love satisfying their taste buds with the succulent and delectable lobster meat hidden inside the bright red shell of a freshly steamed Maine lobster. We get it. We love lobster too.
So, because we’re essentially lobster experts, we decided to share some of our expert knowledge about our favorite seafood dish with our loyal guests. In a previous post, we covered the anatomy of the curious crustacean. In this post, we explain how the lobster season works, when lobster season occurs and what our guests can expect on their plates throughout the year.
When is Lobster Season?
Lobsters are harvested year-round in Maine and New Hampshire. However, the majority are caught between late June and late December when the lobsters are the most active. Lobsters are also harvested during the winter and early spring months, but in smaller quantities.
Regardless of the season, lobster fishing is easily the most active in the Gulf of Maine, which includes the Bay of Fundy and has the highest tidal variations on the planet, as well as cold, nutrient-rich water.
The Best Time for Lobsters
It’s hard to think of summer in New England and not think of lobster. Some of the largest lobster counts from fishermen come about during the warm summer months when lobstermen work around the clock to meet the demands of tourists and locals alike.
There’s a very good reason for this. Lobsters are more abundant during the summer season because they migrate closer to shore in warmer waters — often shedding their shells. After lobsters molt, they like to eat, and hungry lobsters are considered easier to trap. The type of shell a lobster has is also indicative of the time of year they are caught.
Soft Shell or Hard Shell? That Is the Question
Most lobsters caught between the months of July and late September are typically characterized by a soft shell. These soft shell lobsters are not as strong and are more difficult to transport live. Also, soft shell lobsters tend to have less meat per pound than hard shell lobsters. As such, soft shell lobsters are typically cheaper.
Hard shell lobsters tend to be more abundant between mid-September and late November. Their shells are hard because they have yet to molt, and as result are packed full of delicious meat. Because of this, hard shelled lobsters tend to be more expensive.
Weathervane Seafood Restaurants prides itself on offering the very best lobster to our guests — no matter the season! Our menu includes delicious lobster dishes such as:
- Lazy Man Lobster
- Lobster Rolls
- Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
- Lobster Pie
- Fresh Fried Lobster Tails
- Single and Twin Lobster Dinners
For those feeling hungry, we even offer a meal featuring some of the largest lobsters we have in the tank. You can also order live Maine lobster or cooked lobster meat online, so it’s delivered right to your door. That means any season can be lobster season!