2012 was an extraordinary year in the Moosehead Lake Region in many ways. Before the open water fishing season got underway the Maine Supreme Court upheld LURC’s decision to approve the Plum Creek Plan. Although their development plans will take years to engineer the historic conservation component that protected nearly 400,000 acres from development became permanent. This enormous conservation plan protects the backcountry we love and guaranties public access and traditional uses. This is a monumental event that connects to nearly a million acres already in conservation. Quite Fabulous!!
With the extremely mild winter ice left the north country much earlier than normal.
By mid-April there was open water everywhere and smelt runs began a week early. We took advantage of some early season windows of opportunity and saw some of the finest brook trout fishing of the season. Below is a link to our early season video.
The early mild weather and no run-off had everyone worried good fishing was not going to hold-up but spring conditions returned and May was dominated by gray skies and plenty of rain filling the rivers with fish eager to chase streamers and dine on eggs being laid by suckers on their spring spawning run. The salmon fishing was about as good as it gets. We kept the video camera running and caught a lot of the early action.
We did our share of prime time smallmouth fishing and found some beasts eager to slam our top water bugs.
Mayflies began hatching in late May followed by the mega caddis hatches and surface fishing was productive and predictable. The fishing was great and it was dry flies all day long.
Summer weather was fabulous and fishing slowed. Our fisheries biologists conducted their East Outlet fish ladder survey as trout and salmon exited the river in search of the cooler water in the depths of the lake. Our camera was there to capture some of the beautiful fish in the ladder.
Although September has become our newest summer month fall fishing didn’t disappoint anyone. Returning fish in all the rivers were bigger than anyone remembers and in great shape.
October on the East Outlet was fabulous with great water levels for waders and lots of fish for everyone.
Now that November is here about the only game in town is the upper stretch of the East Outlet from the Dam to the yellow posts at the Beach Pool. In years past both trout and salmon remain in the river and good fishing seems to hold up till about mid-December when they return to the lakes and go back to feeding on smelt.
This will be our final post from HQ in Greenville. We will soon be heading to our winter fishing camp in Florida and will start reporting about the fishing from the 10,000 Island and Everglades National Park. We’ll be shooting a lot of video this winter to share with everyone.
Our thanks to everyone for another great season.