Maine Fishing Report: Trout, Salmon, Bass and Pike oh my…
Been a long busy ride this Spring. Conditions are finally stabilizing, and hatches are coming on strong from the Kennebec to the West Branch of the Penobscot. Flows on the Branch have been stable (for the most part) if not low for this time of year. The lake is not yet at full capacity, so we hope levels stay within comfortable wading and drifting ranges. Hatches overall have been a bit late, but we have seen an incredible variety this year. Everything from huge Sulpher & caddis hatches…March Browns, bwos (on the cool moist days), and some Golden Stoneflys too! The key has been to “look before you leap”. Observe the fish and the feed to crack the code, with a half a dozens different varieties hatching, the fish will often prefer one over the rest. Weather in Katahdin country seems to be stabilizing and we are settling into the caddis hatches everyone loves. The Ponds have been fishing well this year, and I suspect the Big Bugs (Hex Hatch) may be a bit later this year, based on everything else.
Matt Bickford has been covering alot of miles on foot and by Driftboat this season. From Bass and Pike on the Androscoggin to Trout and Salmon on the Kennebec in Bingham and Solon. Flows on the Kennebec have been tough to rely on, when the rivers are in shape, they have fished well. Matt has been landing some impressive Stripers when he can fisn the time.
We have added a new guide to the Maine River guides Family. We are pumped to have Ben Redmond aboard. Ben will be offering floats on the Androscoggin for Bass Fridays-Sunday. Here is what some customers had to say about a recent outing with Ben:
Ben Redmond – In South America chasing Brown Trout
“An absolutely wonderful trip. I have fished with guides on the San Juan, Madison, Yellowstone and other rivers and lakes and never had a better experience. Ben worked hard to put us on fish, and we caught some great bass. Ben also made sure my wife was comfortable and having fun. His encyclopedic knowledge of the river and the local flora and fauna made the trip worthwhile even if we hadn’t fished.
Best, Charles and Alice Crawford”
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Wishing you all a safe and fun season on the water!