Fishing Reports – Maine

The Sucker Spawn is ON!!

The Sucker Spawn is ON!!

May 20, 2017 The smelt runs might be over but streamers are still doing the job. Once the adult spawned out smelt return to deeper water fish begin feeding on younger needle smelt. Consider making the switch from the biggest streamer you have to a smaller version of...

Conditions in Limbo

Conditions in Limbo

May 13, 2017 A week ago our red maples began to show signs of life and decided to bud. The tiniest tips of green leaves on trees indicated it’s time to move spring forward. Then every morning began just a few degrees above freezing and ended a few degrees below 50 so...

Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

May 5, 2017 It’s looking like a more normal start to the season than the last couple. Snow pack was good and during the rainy season it actually rained measureable amounts and its water, water everywhere. The East Outlet peaked at 10,000 cfs, the West Branch even...

The Stars are Lining-up

The Stars are Lining-up

April 29, 2017 We are not ice free just yet but we are gaining everyday. The Greenville end of Moosehead is still iced in but from the East Outlet to Rockwood appears to be ice free. A stiff wind will likely finish the job. The mild weather and rain has done away with...

Winter Loosens it’s Grip

Winter Loosens it’s Grip

April 16, 2017 Fishing Report The snow is going but the ice is still hanging tight. We always say if the ice goes out before the beginning of May it’s early, if it goes out after May 10th it’s late. It doesn’t look right now like it’s going to be early this spring....

Big Streamers

Big Streamers

April 12, 2017 It will be awhile until ice-out. The snow pack is dropping and run-off is in full swing but there is no real open water to be found on the lakes and ponds (except for the mouth of the Moose River). Back roads are still snow covered so you won’t...

Ice Fishing Season Extended

Ice Fishing Season Extended

April 2, 2017 Opening day of the 2017 Open Water Fishing Season in the Moosehead Lake Region is April 1st. The issue this year is the open water part of the equation is missing. Winter has a hard time loosing its grip and northern Maine remains frozen solid with lots...

Water flows and wading the East Outlet

Water flows and wading the East Outlet

It’s not time to begin posting 2017 Fishing Reports. There is nothing to report. There is still lots of snow and ice and they are currently running 3000 cfs of excess run-off to keep Moosehead down so there is room to handle the major snow pack still in the...

We’re Peaking

We’re Peaking

October 15, 2016 We are half way through our extended October season on the East Outlet of the Kennebec and things couldn’t be much better. The fall colors are as brilliant as we’re ever seen and salmon are throughout the entire river. The quality of the salmon...

October on the East Outlet

October on the East Outlet

October 2, 2016 The regular fishing season ended with a bang. The Roach River lit right up and produced some fantastic trout and salmon. The small trout ponds also lit up. Talk of 30 fish days left pond fishermen wishing the season wasn’t ending. The problem with...

Fall Fishing in Full Swing

Fall Fishing in Full Swing

September 19, 2016 Small ponds are at their best. Fish coming out of the spring holes and are on a pre-spawn feeding binge. Use traditional dries like a Royal Wulff or Royal Coachman wet and cast around. Fish are circling the pond searching for something to eat....

Fall water increases key ingredient

Fall water increases key ingredient

September 6, 2106 Totally different water conditions apply for good fishing in the spring than do in the fall. In the spring we want falling water levels and rising water temperatures. After high spring run-off becomes more stable and water temperatures begin to rise,...

Tailwaters

Tailwaters

August 19, 2016 As summer sunshine warms the waters of Moosehead Lake and its tributaries trout and salmon begin retreating to the lakes seeking cooler waters in the depths of the lake. Many of the E.O. residents either drop back into Indian Pond or pass through the...

Summer Heat

Summer Heat

August 2, 2016 The heat of the summer is upon us and MFO season (Mandatory Family Outing) is now in full swing. It’s been great weather for reunions, family picnics and outing. Water temperature in the ponds has climbed. Trout have retreated to spring holes where 55...

Eleventh Annual Healing Waters Outing

Eleventh Annual Healing Waters Outing

July 25-28 Founder, Ed Nicholson believed that teaching wounded vets fly fishing skills could very be good therapy during their recovery while at Walter Reed Hospital. Ten years ago we had the good fortune of offering the very first destination, fishing trip for the...

It’s Cheeseburger Season Again

It’s Cheeseburger Season Again

July 8, 2016 There are a lot of memorable times throughout the open water fishing season. We all have our favorite outings like the first Hendrickson hatch or when caddis season kicks in or when monster mayfly hatches begin on our remote ponds inspiring big trout to...

Dries all Day

Dries all Day

June 24, 2016 All day caddis hatches are about over which is not a bad thing. When there are caddis all over all day long fish can get very picky. They have been through the buffet line and not that larger to go back for seconds. As they say “Fish are fat and...

Coming soon to a pond near you

Coming soon to a pond near you

June 19th, 2016 Hatches have been frequent and heavy and fish are getting very fussy about what they want to eat. With the banquet hall full of food fish can become quite choosy. Fish begin refusing the very flies they couldn’t get enough of a day ago. They get fat...

It’s that time of Season for Caddis, Caddis, Caddis

It’s that time of Season for Caddis, Caddis, Caddis

June 8th, 2016 It’s a magical time of season when caddis hatches begin. Every fish in the river will be after’em. Yesterday we caught salmon and trout from 4 to 20 inches. It the biggest banquet of the year and every fish young and old are taking advantage of the...

They are looking up

They are looking up

June 3, 2016 The season is chugging along nicely. We are still catching’em with sinking lines and streamers but it’s about time to pack that line away. Fish are more and more apt to chase a streamer bounced around with your floating line. A lot of different streamers...