Book your trip and ask for an early morning start. The soft plastics were working, but he wanted to fish topwater. But the heat also forces fish into very specific spots with cold water. Slow moving crawfish imitations have been more productive this year. Steve and me with a couple of Pollock — Oqunquit, Maine. Right now, the fish are grouped together in places with warm water and bait fish. White perch cruise in big schools. Fish are more willing to take a lure in shallow water if the shore is shaded. The sun is out and the air is warm. Despite a stiff northwest wind and cool temperatures, Nathan from DC managed to land a three pound November largemouth. Fishing for smallmouth bass is excellent and getting better by the day. Still, Josh and Allison from Manhattan managed to get some excellent fish. Mailing Address: 41 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0041 Winter tires can also be a big help. He would cast, let it sit, give it a twitch, then start a slow retrieve. We still catch plenty of fish later in the day, but I work hard to put guests on great fishing and recommend we get on the water as early as possible this time of year. We’ve had high temperatures in the 60’s and low’s in the 30’s. Just accept the black fly and look forward to fall when most of the bugs are gone. The action was consistent with several fish between three and three and a half pounds. Great fish are still around, but it takes a little bit more time and a little bit more work. Streamers are productive early season choices. Black flies are out and fish are biting. All the fish were caught in shallow water on jigs and plastics. Spring has sprung and some of the best fishing of the season is right around the corner. On Monday, Ash and I came across a large pleasure boat dead in the water. Last year at this time, I was already casting flies to trout on local ponds. While I haven’t seen anything too impressive yet, some three pound brook trout, decent rainbows, and even an 8 lb. I know that I have written this before, but keeping slack out of your line is extremely important. Keep a log of water temperatures and fishing conditions. If you know where to go, the fishing can be excellent. A large portion of Seven Tree Pond in Union has open water. The rain has made travel on the lakes difficult. Nero retrieved the 3 ducks and the grouse in the pictures above. The water is cooling off and bigger smallmouths are showing themselves more readily than in late summer. Weather: Cool with light winds from the north and west. This is a fast canoe with a lot of secondary stability. When you start hooking fish, drop and anchor and fishing the area more slowly. Find out where the action is, what the water conditions are and everything you need for a successful day on the water! Pretty soon, that Jitter Bug was catching lots of nice smallmouth. The sun is out. Focus your efforts around rocky structure with deep drop-offs. APRIL/May Fishing Report. Fishing jigs along deep drop offs is also a favorite tactic of mine. Like the 16” fish in the picture, most of the salmon were feeding heavily on tan mayfly nymphs. It’s getting hot and the summer season is in full swing. After last week’s snow storm, I’m hoping the weather starts to settle a bit. A recent trip to a small pond produced a couple of decent bass, like the one Verne is holding up in the above picture. We had to work a little harder this time around, but we got into some excellent fish. I filled the doe tag on opening morning, but took another 25 days to tag my buck. Shallow water fishing has been great. Bill kept the fish up above the rocks and it cleared the water several times with some acrobatic, head-shaking jumps. There are no secrets here. I’ve added a couple new rods to the arsenal this year. Your guide should be just as eager to learn and improve as you. The early bass bite is excellent. Drifting lets you cover lots of water and helps you target productive water. I’m convinced this type of attitude makes people more successful on the water. I didn’t see any spawning beds on Megunticook last Saturday. In the top left picture, Phil is holding a very nice brook trout he caught on a streamer fly. When the wind is down and the sun is up, it’s easy to see spawning beds. If you hire a guide, listen to your guide, but don’t be afraid to make suggestions and experiment a little. Get the latest up to date fly fishing report for Brook trout, landlocked salmon fishing in Grand Lake Stream with the top producing flies and recommended equipment to get you into fish. You won’t be disappointed. The leaves are changing and we’ve already had a couple of frosts in the morning. Weather: Hot with south winds at 5 to 10 mph. The water is cold and high so don’t expect the fish to take a dry fly. On lightly pressured lakes and ponds in Maine, you don’t need to set the hook as soon as you see the strike. I even watched a guy walk down my road wearing orange, carrying a rifle, and smoking a cigarette. It’s been super hot and humid. Some of my favorite trips all year were not the most successful in terms of numbers of fish. On clear water lakes, use shade to your advantage. Some sun and warm weather will really get things going. When you catch a fish, record or remember that temperature. The tube-and-worm has been terrific for daytime trolling among the rivers. In the spring, when the water is clear, fluorocarbon leaders and lines are the way to go. My favorite trips were full of laughs, great conversations, and a few good fish every once in a while. Last week, I had the pleasure of taking Brad and John to one of my favorite trout ponds. Today might be your last chance at the big one on topwater. Fluorocarbon sinks and will help get your fly down to productive depths much more quickly. September is one of the best months for big bass. I found it very surprising that we didn’t catch any smallmouth. Stripers caught daily this week on Mackerel and Clam in the surf. It’s easy to use the same baits and retrieves that worked three weeks ago when the water was warmer. Give it a try and I promise you will hook more fish. We’ve had a little rain, so the water in the rivers is starting to come up. This style of fishing is great practice for those who want to chase big saltwater species. Subscribe to our Free Fishing Reports. The fish are spread out a bit more than last week and are a little more willing to take the same old bait. I’ve written this before, but I encourage clients to book two half day trips with me instead of one full day. A day before his birthday, Quentin landed this beautiful northern pike. Another very large fish hit Edson’s lure right at the boat, but we couldn’t manage to land it. Today is a nice break from the heat. Last week, I had the privilege of fishing with a few excellent young fishermen. It’s just as fun as translating Latin. In the video above, Rachel had the knot she tied pull through. The key to casting bamboo is to slow way down. Most of the streams are open, but still have significant ice in the slack water. Early spring fishing is often about finding warm water and active fish, but choosing the right body of water is also important. The warm weather the past few days has really turned things on. My thoughts about less intrusive surface flies were confirmed yesterday by a client. Now that the trout/salmon season has ended in Winnipesaukee, it is prime time to take advantage of less crowds and terrific warm water species fishing. It’s okay to be aggressive with your flies, but be sure not to pop a fly right in the fish’s face. We all ended up going home with plenty of fresh fillets for the freezer. Ed and his grandson had an awesome morning on Megunticook Lake. The South Berwick boat ramp is located off Route 101 at the William A. Bray Memorial Park. The other is a really cool 6′ 3 wt. Some ponds have been out for 2 weeks and others a week or a few days. Brook Trout and Salamander – Camden, Maine. Captain Andy of Adventureandcatch Charters is really dialed into the cod! Trout fishing is great, but you have to hit the early bite and make long casts. I haven’t caught a largemouth on a bed yet, so we should have about two weeks of bed fishing. Most brook trout over 11 or 12 inches feed on larger prey like fish. To complement the great trout fishing, the black flies have been out in swarms. The rivers are exceptionally high right now, so a full sink fly line or a heavy spoon on spinning gear is your best bet. With a little rain, the trout fishing should get very good again. The water level in the rivers and streams has come up a little, but the trout fishing remains good. rod made out of Hop Hornbeam. We still need rain, but the water has remained relatively cool. One was with an experienced salt water fisherman. In the picture on the left Rachel is holding a nice smallmouth bass caught on a purple little kid’s rod she calls the “Purpetrator.” The rod was caught earlier this summer by a clients fishing on Megunticook Lake. Luke booked a morning with me and we showed Vinny how fun fishing can be. The rain was so heavy, we had to pull the boat on shore and pull the drain plug to get the rainwater out of the boat. We had a good couple of days. A warm front one day can mean nonstop action, and a cold front the next day can shut down the bite completely. If it helps, tell the story and exaggerate the size of the fish. The above picture is of one of the four pound smallmouth caught today. To increase your odds of catching, use the weather to your advantage. Rather than punt, he hit Platts Bank and found a veritable gadoid Garden of Eden with big cod, limits of haddock and a plethora of species including pollock, cusk and redfish. It’s easy to get excited when a big fish hits on the surface. I also saw my first tick of the season. ( Log Out / Lori and Firefly just plain caught a ton of fish. Check out his work at https://whitewoodcraftmaine.com/. Here is a picture of one of today’s many smallmouth. I had a few fishing trips in the beginning of the month, but the cold weather made for unusually slow bass fishing. I’ve been heading out after my morning trips with a fly rod and poppers. Mayflies and caddis are hatching in good numbers and the trout are taking dry flies. Patience is the key to fishing deep water for bigger fish. You can have a day with multiple fish over 3 pounds like Mark from Georgia saw on Saturday, or you can have great action for beginners like Griffin and Ariel from Massachusetts saw on Sunday. After just a couple of hours fishing, they had released close to 60 fish. On the way out to the groundfish grounds, Andy is encountering plenty of stripers up to 33” not far form his slip in Great Bay Marina. The fishing became less consistent. Bob makes some beautiful canoes and paddles in this shop. Topwater action for smallmouth has been excellent. Water Temperature: Ponds are still frozen, but most streams are open in the quick runs. Unfortunately, we also saw some alewives in the river. In the afternoons, when the sun warms up the shallow water, brook trout and brown trout have been cruising for nymphs. I think we’ll start to see big smallmouth on beds by late this week or this weekend. Despite the low water, trout fishing is great. Please fish your soft plastics slowly. It’s a little too warm for trout fishing on the St. George river. Bring more clothing than you think you need! If you’re looking for mackerel for bait or simply for fun there are plenty in the Hussey Sound and surrounding areas. Atlantic Salmon: 28 lbs. As a guide it can be easy to fall into a routine of fishing the same spots with the same lures. The bass fishing in the Belgrade Lakes region is excellent. When planning a fishing trip, I tend to recommend morning trips. Streamer fishing is still the name of the game when chasing trout. On Saturday morning, we got into a bunch of nice bass with the biggest one four and a half ponds. Good fishing can be had throughout the day, but the best conditions are in the morning and evening. Yesterday’s blizzard added another 10 inches to the base left by storms on Christmas Day and a couple in mid December. It’s definitely fall. Fish are still shallow. The crawfish approach worked on the big smallmouth the picture above. Trout fishing in the streams is excellent right now. I’ve been focusing a lot on shallow water structure like trees, stumps, and visible rock piles. Wow, it's already the middle of August. Keep your wrist straight and your rod tip high. White perch are excellent table fare and there is no limit to the number you can take home. A near-by bridge is a popular shore fishing location. The Alewives are still in the rivers, but they have started heading back out to sea in some places. On certain ponds, the fish have been chasing bait to the surface. However, some of the bigger fish we caught yesterday were in deeper water. I finally got lucky when the big buck in the picture showed up. Fishing topwater frogs and soft plastics around lily pads are producing large numbers of fish. I’ve been fishing hard for the big smallmouth that are normally active this time of year, but still haven’t seen one in the 4 pound range. I had a half day at school before April vacation, so we snuck for a few hours on the river. The ponds will take a bit longer to open up. For a chance at one last cow before the curtain call consider casting a metal lip swimmer among the wash in close to the shore/islands. The past two weeks have been full of rain, clouds, and high winds. These southern boys also got their first taste of schooling white perch. As my good buddy likes to say, “you can’t eat the antlers.”. When ice fishing, I like to fish early and late just as I would on open water in the summer. The deer hunting this fall has been excellent. When docking in big water in the wind, don’t forget your bumpers like I did today. The biggest fish I saw this week were taken on baits that were allowed to sit on bottom for 15 to 20 seconds before being moved. The fishing is good and getting better every day. I fight the urge to be on the stream at first light. There was a bit of chop on the water. When bass spawn, the male guards the bed. Water temperatures are in the mid 30’s. Weather: Warm and sunny with moderate winds. It’s been a superb year. The bass fishing is also excellent right now. The trout are definitely starting to look up. When you know the spawn is coming, make sure you get out as often as possible. We’ve had unusually warm and dry weather, but my favorite trout stream is much cooler than one would think. When possible, refrain from bananas, white lighters, and “calling your fish.”. When you book two half days, you can maximize the amount of productive fishing time on the water. Book now to reserve your spot for the busy summer season. Sometimes, it pays off to stick it out through foul weather. To find great early fishing, put in lots of time on the water or hope someone takes pity on you and shares some information about their favorite pond. Sometimes, it can be hard to follow these fish. The fishing has continued to be excellent for both trout and bass. I found an excellent pool this way while hiking last year in Western Maine. While no giant trout were landed–I blame the hot weather–we got into some very respectable red belly brookies. The water is warm and the fish are in shallow water. We’re off to a good start. Quantabacook has also produced some nice bass. I noticed a lot of guys driving from spot to spot with their hunting clothing on. Big fish like deep water. At the end of November, we should be getting snow instead of rain. Now that fall is approaching and the nights are cooler, big fish are starting to feed heavily. This slow style of retrieve can be very difficult for a lot of fishermen, but will pay off for the patient angler. Afternoon Temperature: High 30’s low 40’s, Water Temperature: Mid 30’s, but lower in certain places. The water was still cold and the fishing a little slow, but the quality of the fish caught was excellent. When the weather gets hot, early morning or late afternoon trips are the most productive. 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