February 17, 2021
What better time to start a Maine open water fly fishing report than in the middle of February?! I think we’re just bored from lack of fishing. This will be a new regular addition to the All Points website and we hope it will help to give you a better understanding of what is happening in Maine for fishing opportunities. Though fishing opportunities are few and far between here currently, we are fully stocked with all the tying materials and necessities to get you ready for the upcoming season. Come in and check out our new and improved shop or view our expanded inventory online!
Saltwater fishing report:
Well not a whole lot happening in the salt right now. Stripers are so close yet so far away. Another couple months and we’ll be in business. Until then there are limited opportunities to fish for sea-run brown trout that were stocked by the state in several coastal rivers in southern Maine. These fish will readily bite all through the winter, however these opportunities are few and far between and totally weather dependent due to ice . Another option that is almost unknown in Maine is winter pollock fishing with a fly rod. Pollock will hold along ledges and rocky areas of the Maine coast and can be caught throughout the winter months. Try a clouser in an area where you may have found striped bass 6 months ago. You might be surprised. Please be careful if you decide to try.
Freshwater fishing report:
Most of our extended season freshwater options are either inaccessible due to ice or void of fish. With the exception of a few rivers that are big enough and fast enough not to ice over, we are playing the waiting game. There may be some fish still kicking around the popular winter areas but expectations should be low. This time of year catching one or two fish in an outing is respectable to say the least.
On another note, we would like to make everyone aware of some conservation happenings taking place across the state. The first we want to mention is a project that potentially could remove 4 dams from the mousam river opening up the entire lower river to anadromous fish. This could potentially create a reestablished sea run brook trout population and will certainly help the alewives that still attempt to run the river every year. The other project is on a much bigger scale and involves the kennebec river and again the opportunity to remove dams to improve fish passage and water quality. The stakes are a little bigger here as the potential project would be on a massive scale and would involve the attempted restoration of Atlantic Salmon. If you care about the future of our water, our fish, and our environment, please make your voices heard when you hear updates about these projects and opportunities to speak out.
- Joe Webster