Maine is one of a handful of places in the world — and by far the most accessible — where you can catch wild landlocked salmon in lakes and rivers, and native brook trout in ponds and streams. Higher elevations around the lakes in our area means the fishing stays good long after it begins to wane in southern New England.
Our bass fishing is hot too. Situated at the border of the Northern & Southern fishing administrative regions, Tucker Ridge is a perfect jumping off point to chase lunkers in Southern Region lakes and ponds or to spend the day bending your rod on the no-limit Northern Region waters.
Maine supports the most extensive distribution and abundance of wild brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in their native range within the United States; more than 1,200 lakes and ponds are managed for brook trout, of which approximately 60% are sustained by natural reproduction. In addition, brook trout occur in an estimated 22,248 miles of stream habitat, the vast majority of which are wild.
In our area, you can hop from stream to stream and never see another angler all day.
The freshwater bass spawn starts when lake water temps reach 60 F, usually in late May and early June, and the top-water action is red hot through June and July. It’s hard to go wrong with a spinner bait, live bait or popping bug placed enticingly close to shorelines, docks and downed trees.
Live bait, readily available, works great too. There’s enough water — and species — to keep you busy for a week or more. The bass fishing here on the famed Penobscot River watershed — and in many surrounding rivers and lakes — is second to none in this part of the world. Limiting out and 2-3 pounders are common here. Spin, bait and fly-fisherman are welcome.
For those seeking to get off the beaten path in Maine’s fabled north woods, this is the region to do it.
Camping opportunities abound in Maine’s North Woods. Baxter State Park, home to Mt. Katahdin and dozens of remote, trout-filled lakes, offers cabins and primitive campsites. We also offer overnight primitive fishing camps on secluded islands within some of the local lakes we’ll be fishing.
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Cast from the raised decks of our bass boat, paddle in to remote coves by canoe or hike in to hidden bass waters. Shore fishing on the Mattawamkeag River also provides for fast small mouth fishing action. Many of the waters we fish for bass also hold large chain pickerel. These feisty, aggressive fish make for added fun and opportunity. Spinning gear or on the fly.
Wild Brook Trout
Maine’s wild brook trout waters are found throughout the state, but are most prevalent in the interior highlands, many of which are located in privately owned commercial forest lands. Our cooler region provides more optimal conditions with fewer competing, non-native fish species than the southern or coastal parts of the state. Offered by canoe or remote access hike in. Spinning gear or on the fly.
Family Fun Fishing
Sometimes it’s not about the type of fish you catch but the fishing itself. Our family fishing trips are designed with that mind. Enjoy a lazy day in the sun, catching whatever is biting, all the while strengthening family bonds and creating everlasting memories. Our favorite family fishing destination is Silver Lake in Lee, Maine.
Take turns fishing from the boat, from the dock and enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Cole’s Landing. We’ll have lunch in the picnic area and stop for ice cream on the way back. BBQ lunch in the picnic area, and all equipment you’ll need to fish are provided – including bait, tackle, life jackets and fishing rods. Your Registered Maine Fishing Guide will handle all the details and rigging so all you have to do is relax and fish.
Custom & Free Form Trips
If you are looking for diversity and are interested in combining different types of fishing and trips, we can do that too. Our region, during select times of the spring and fall months, offers the ability to fish for bass, trout and salmon all in the same visit. We can pitch top water baits from the bass boat one day, wade a trout brook the next, and canoe a backwater stream to a primitive island camp site for an overnight trip. The only limit to your custom fishing trip is your imagination.