Fishing Reports – Maine

Soft Hackle Season

Soft Hackle Season

August 5, 2018 – We see the same thing about this time every year. 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 deeper areas where smelt hangout. Many of the...

13th Annual Project Healing Waters Outing

13th Annual Project Healing Waters Outing

July 25, 2018 – Seven vets and two counselors from Maine and Vermont attended this years fishing trip. They arrived the afternoon of July 18th and stayed at Kokadjo Sporting Camps on First Roach Pond. Dinner, the first evening, was provided by the Rod & Reel...

Summertime conditions are settling in.

Summertime conditions are settling in.

July 18, 2018 – It’s that time of season when a lot of the hatches have come and gone. The Green Drakes (Hex) hatches are just about over. They are the last big banquet fish see on our lakes and small trout ponds. And with summer settling in trout in the small...

July 4th Fishing Report

July 4th Fishing Report

If this heat keeps up it will be having an effect on fishing overall. For now there are still plenty of fish in the East Outlet. Caddis hatches are now spotty throughout the day. You find a few hatching or laying eggs here and there. Good hatches come first thing in...

Coming Soon to a Pond Near Here

Coming Soon to a Pond Near Here

Green Drake season (Hex Hatches) June 28, 2018 – It’s the end of June and the time of season when canoes left upside down along shores of remote trout ponds are flipped over, cleared of debris and made ready for drake season. Pond fishermen come out of the...

Dries all Day

Dries all Day

We have entered our summer caddis pattern when you’ll find sporadic caddis hatches here and there throughout the day. Fish can be found casually feeding in most pools. Often there will be a substantial hatch early in the morning and late in the evening. Nowadays...

Where does the signal come from?

Where does the signal come from?

In the last few days major caddis hatches began on all our rivers. Yesterday one species of  green-bodied caddis hatched the entire length of the East Outlet. Where does that signal come from? We know water temperature plays a role while other factors still remain a...

When Lupine Bloom

When Lupine Bloom

Lupine are just now beginning to bloom in the Moosehead Lake Region which is our best indicator that caddis hatches are about to begin. Unlike mayflies which can be sparse at times and not wide spread, caddis hatches arrive as a blizzard of bugs. Who knows where the...

They’re Lookin’ Up

They’re Lookin’ Up

June 1, 2018 – Fish have started looking up. Mayfly hatches have been spotty so far with only a few here and there, mostly in the afternoon. The good news is there have been just enough to get the interest of fish. We began fooling both trout and salmon on soft...

We are closing in on dry fly season

We are closing in on dry fly season

May 24, 2018 – Memorial Weekend Fishing Report Conditions could not be any better. Water flows are just about perfect and fish have been very co-operative. Smelt runs have run their course but because major hatches haven’t kicked in yet fish are still willing to...

The Sucker Spawn in ON!!

The Sucker Spawn in ON!!

May 17, 2018  –  With the exception of the Moose River, smelt runs are about over. Streamers are still doing the job and will for awhile. Fish have’t forgotten what a smelt looks like. Once the adult spawned out smelt return to deeper water fish begin...

The stars are lining up.

The stars are lining up.

May 11, 2018 –  Ice has only been out for a few days and already fish are cooperating. Smelt runs are in full swing at all the streams and it’s been said folks are seeing gulls diving on smelt in the Moose River. Water level has come down to fishable levels...

Iceout could be just around the corner

Iceout could be just around the corner

May 1, 2018 – Things change fast this time of season. Ten days ago the Moosehead Lake Region was frozen solid and you needed your snowmobile to get around the backcountry. During those ten days we’ve had a nice shift in the weather pattern. Things warmed...

A slow start

A slow start

April 20, 2018  –  We’ll begin the 2018 Fishing Report Season with a reality check. We have been receiving emails from regular customer inquiring when drift boat trips are scheduled to begin. The photo above says it all. It could be a shot of a wintery...

2017 – The Year in Review

2017 – The Year in Review

Our productive season kicks in around the beginning of May when smelt runs are in full swing. The Moose River in Rockwood is always the early season indicator. Trollers flocked to the Moose in pursuit of salmon, brook trout, and lake trout that accompany smelt when...

Late season angling on the East Outlet

Late season angling on the East Outlet

It was a wonderful October on the East Outlet. The weather was stunning and the salmon were in the best shape ever. We can’t remember when it was better size wise. We boated a few fat female salmon that were just shy of 4 lbs. You still have until the 31st to...

It Ain’t Over Yet

It Ain’t Over Yet

October 1, 2017 We’ve been flat out with trips so I apologize for not being at the keyboard more. It’s that time of season. It too bad September isn’t four months long instead of four weeks. It’s been an interesting September to say the least. Every river saw great...

Like Magic

Like Magic

September 12, 2017 It didn’t take long for fish to respond to increases in water flows. The Roach has trout and salmon throughout as does the East Outlet. Last week we caught salmon in all the runs from the Beach Pool, where we launched, right down to the lake....

The stars are all lined up

The stars are all lined up

September 6, 2017 Everything has come together nicely for wonderful fall fishing conditions. First the water temperature has gone from a high of 72 degrees in late August to the low 60’s in the last ten days, and it’s currently raining 59 degree water. Remember, in...

From HQ

From HQ

August 25, 2017 We never want to wish away summer but this is the time of season when our thoughts go to fast forward and we begin wondering just how the fall fishing is going to shape up. There are two key ingredients to good fall fishing, water flow and water...