Maine Fishing Report
May 15th, 2021
The time has come. Our rivers, lakes and streams have come alive and it certainly feels like spring out there. Ice out came very early on all of our lakes and ponds. Lack of runoff and generally dry weather have left our rivers low even with the rain we recently received. Normal spring flows really just didn’t happen to the extent that they normally do which is a factor with fish moving into river systems. This lack of water will result in an interesting season if we don’t start to pick up some steady precipitation. Right now we are hoping for as much rain as we can get.
For southern Maine, the stocking truck has started making its rounds and has put fish in many of our favorite early season close-to-home locations. The stocking report can be viewed online HERE. These stocked fish are great fun and are usually pretty easy to catch with a wooly bugger or golden retriever. If fishing more popular locations a more technical nymph set up may be a better bet. Pheasant tail, hare’s ear, and copper John nymphs will all catch fish. Warm water species have started to pick up steam as well with a handful of very impressive pike and largemouth being caught in the last few weeks.
Northern Maine is starting to fish better but it is still a bit early and we need water. The rivers are low for this time of year and may not have the concentrations of fish they would normally have so keep stillwater fishing on ponds and lakes in mind as a good back up options. Another advantage to Stillwater fishing is that it is a good way to get away from the crowds on some of our popular rivers that have seen an increase in pressure in recent years. For flies, be sure to have a good variety of smelt patterns as this is what most of the fish have been keyed in on for the past couple of weeks. Generally speaking, most smelt spawning runs have already happened, or are coming to an end. Mayfly nymphs and caddis nymphs are also a good idea to have and don’t be surprised if you see some rising fish so be sure to have a couple dry flies on deck too! The fish will become more and more interested in bugs as smelt runs and the sucker spawn end and bug activity increases. We are expecting most major hatches to be early this year if trends continue so be prepared.
- Joe Webster
The striped bass have arrived in southern Maine and so far the fishing has been good! Most of your fishing should be focused in and around marshes and estuaries. These areas are not only going to provide great food resources for bass, but also a more comfortable water temp. The warmer temps created from darker sand rivers and given the chance to warm further inland away from the colder early season open ocean make it a happy resource for stripers. Herring/alewife patterns tend to work very well in these areas this time of year. Around river mouths you might see schools of "brit" herring which are the juvenile Atlantic herring. These are smaller and can be easily imitated with a darker color (black, blurple, dark green) clouser or deceiver. One of my favorite early season "brit" flies is the "Vader Clouser" which we carry here at the shop. You can strip it along like a baitfish or bump it on the bottom with a sinking line.
The water temps off the coast of Portland have been hitting around 50-51F. I would expect to see another push of larger fish start to arrive in the next couple of weeks with slightly warmer water temps on the ocean side. When I see that 55 degree mark I can usually bet that another run of larger fish have arrived.
- Josh Thelin
April 1, 2021
Well the day we’ve all been waiting for has come! Open water fishing season is here and there are plenty of good opportunities to get out and wet a line. It looks like things are shaping up to be a little ahead of schedule this year but we also know that April in Maine can be unpredictable so always keep your eyes on the forecast. Versatility, flexibility, and adaptation are key to spring fishing in Maine as conditions are always changing. Please feel free to stop by the shop and talk specifics.
Our southern Maine fisheries are mostly ice free and rivers and streams are lower than average. The rain today helped but we could use more. The stocking truck will start making its rounds this month and will provide many great options for us close to the shop. The stocking report can be viewed online at https://www.maine.gov/ifw/
Generally speaking it is still a bit early for most of our northern Maine fisheries. There is still plenty of ice and snow that needs to melt before things start to get going. We expect ice out on our major lakes to be early but it really depends on what happens with weather in the next few weeks. What we look for is ice free lakes and water temperatures in the low to mid 40’s before we start to get excited. If you don’t have a stream thermometer we highly recommend picking one up at the shop as they can be a very useful tool.
The bass are on the move but they are not here yet. We are eagerly waiting their arrival and preparing for the day when the schoolies arrive to the Maine coast. In the meantime, we are getting our gear organized, tying flies, and scouting locations for the upcoming season. We have continued to expand our saltwater fly and fly tying selection and are ready to get you going on the water!
- Joe Webster
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