Reel Moosehead Guide Service offers guided fishing trips on Moosehead Lake and the surrounding area. Owner, Alex Rockwell is a Registered Maine Guide who has spent his life exploring Moosehead Lake and loves to share his passion with others. He is eager to share his extensive knowledge of the Lake and its plentiful bounties of Brook Trout, Salmon and Lake Trout with other eager fishermen and anyone who is looking for a genuine Moosehead Lake experience.
Moosehead Lake has been a favorite destination of anglers for generations.
Fishing Moosehead Lake has been a long standing tradition passed on from generation to generation. In my youth my parents would take me out of grammar school for a yearly fishing trip to Moosehead as soon as ice was called out by Folsom’s Air Service. I remember doing my school lessons in the boat while trolling near Kineo or Northeast Carry. The fishing was wonderful. We often saw fishermen at launch sites with huge lake trout and stringers of trout and salmon. I remember those trips as if it was yesterday. That was over 50 seasons ago.
Moosehead, like many large lakes, has seen it ups and downs. In the mid-80’s the old times were saying they couldn’t remember it being any better. By the turn of the century the lake saw a crash. It had become over populated with lake trout and fish weren’t growing. There were lots of fish but not enough food. The forage base of smelt were all getting eaten and annual spring smelt runs were declining.
In an attempt to find a solution the Moosehead Lake Focus Group was formed by Inland Fisheries & Wildlife with the task to formulate an action plan to manage the complex fisheries of Moosehead Lake and it’s tributaries. With the guidence of our local fisheries biologists smelt were stocked to increase the forage base and very liberal limits were placed on lake trout in an attempt to remove large numbers of lake trout to better manage their over population. In three years time over 50,000 lake trout were removed by anglers. Smelt populations began to increase because of the huge reduction of predators. Smelt run are now being documented in streams were they had not been seen for more than a decade. As a result of the dramatic increase in forage base growth rates of all species increased and are now as good as they were back in the heydays.
Also stricter regulations were put in place so more brook trout and salmon would be released and allowed to reach their full potential. As a result brook trout numbers and size exploded. Today 2-4 lb brook trout are common creatures with some real trophy size 6 lb plus brookies being put in the net. Landlocked salmon and lake trout saw similar increases in growth.
Nearly 40 years ago I started my guiding career trolling Moosehead from iceout until fall. We followed fish as they migrated to the mouth of rivers in search of smelt during iceout spawning runs. Trolling streamers on top producted great light tackle action. Then we caught them as the went into the depths of the lake during the heat of summer and finally back to the rivers where trout and salmon gathered for annual fall spawning runs.
Fishing, like the old days, still exists today. Some say it’s never been better. The difference today is the boats are bigger, more comfortable, the gear we use has seen a serious upgrade, and the technology is extremely sophisticated.
If you like spending the day fishing on big water you own it to yourself to hire Alex for a trip or two spent on the granddaddy of Maine lakes where the fishing is as good today as it ever was.