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 small mouth 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 now supports one of the largest sport fisheries for landlocked Atlantic salmon in the world. Salmon provide the primary fishery in 201 Maine lakes, and they provide incidental fisheries in an additional 103 lakes. They also provide good fisheries in 50 rivers and streams totaling about 320 miles.
The average size of salmon harvested from Maine lakes is 16-18 inches and 1.5-2 pounds, but 3 to 5 pound salmon are not uncommon. Trolling is our preferred method of fishing salmon, with the added chance at a trophy lake trout.
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. Wild Fox Cabins is centrally located to dozens of remote, fish-filled lakes, and offers modern cabins and primitive campsites. We also offer overnight primitive fishing camps on secluded islands within some of the local lakes we’ll be fishing.
A combination of cabin stays with a few overnights camping on the island makes for an unforgettable fishing trip of a lifetime. – Prices vary, contact for details
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Cast from the raised decks of our bass boat as we slip into hidden bass waters. The rocky shoreline of Junior Lake provides for fast small mouth bass 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. The Lincoln Lakes also boast liberal large mouth bass populations and limits. 2 anglers – $300 Per day
Landlocked Atlantic Salmon
Salmon fishing in lakes is most productive from ice-out to early summer, and again in September. During these times most anglers troll near the surface, around rocky points or shoals, and near the mouths of tributaries or thoroughfares.
Sewn smelts or artificial lures that imitate smelts are effective baits. We can also provide high quality, proven hand-tied streamers from one of the region’s most experienced expert fly tiers. You’ll fish from an authentic Maine Grand Laker canoe, a storied tradition in the Grand Lakes region of Maine for nearly a century. 2 anglers – $300 per day
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 Junior Lake in Lakeville, Maine.
Take turns fishing, watching for wildlife and enjoying the sunshine on our 20 foot pontoon boat. All equipment you’ll need to fish is 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 – $350 per day up to four, $50 each additional up to six.
Pontoon Boat Group Fishing
If you have a large group for your fishing party and want to fish together, we can arrange fun trips for up to five anglers on our 20-foot pontoon boat. The boat is equipped with 10 rod holders, so each angler can fish 2 lines.
Junior Lake is a two-tier fishery, meaning you have the opportunity to fish for salmon and bass on the same trip! All required safety equipment, including personal flotation devices, is provided – $500 per day.
The Maine Guide Shore Lunch
If you truly wish to round out your Maine fishing adventure, we’ll have a traditional Maine Guide shore lunch on a remote beach or island. The shore lunch has become a signature of the Grand Lakes region fishing guides, as much as their wooden green canoes.
Cooked over a hot open fire, chicken, steak, pork chops or freshly caught fish star as the entree, while boiled potatoes and onions round out the main course. Pickles, baked beans and fresh bread or biscuits are usually served on the side. A cup of steaming Guide’s coffee tops off the meal. The traditional shore lunch for 2 plus your guide – $35
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