Our story this week begins with water temperatures…they’re finally started down! For the past 4 weeks or so we have been dealing with water that has been well over 70 degrees. We are finally starting the turn around and seeing water in the 60’s. If you look back at our fishing reports from this time last year, you will see that we weren’t so lucky. Last year there was hot weather straight through August and worst of all there was no water in any of the lakes. This year we are setting up for a great fall fishing season! Already we are seeing many more active fish in the rivers and things will only get better. The key to fall fishing is a combination of events, lowering water temperatures and rising water levels, basically the opposite that we look for in the spring. Most fish are summering in the deeper waters of the lakes, chasing smelt and getting big. As the water cools and more water gets sent through the dams these fish will begin to migrate back into the rivers. Keep in mind, these fish have not been in the river, they have no idea what a caddis or a stonefly is. They eat other fish and become aggressive at doing so. This time of year our fly box will become heavily populated with streamer flies..and so should yours.
The good news this summer is that with plenty of rain we will have plenty of water to be released in the next few weeks. For example, last August docks were completely exposed along the shores of First Roach Pond, this year the pond is brimming with water. This will allow water flows to be increased into the Roach River at the beginning of September, last year we didn’t get a release until September 15! This will be the same story across the area at the Kennebec, Moose, and Penobscot rivers. What this COULD mean is that barring any 90 degree heat waves, we should have fantastic fishing right through September.
As a quick reminder, remember that starting August 16 the rule is artificials and flies only on all the small streams and rivers, as well as fly fishing only on the Moose River below Brassua Dam and also on the West Branch of the Penobscot River below Seboomook Dam. Consult your law book for any special regulations that may go into effect on your favorite waters.