Maine Freshwater Fishing

February ice fishing

  February ice fishing

4 FEBRUARY 2013

TEMP: 5 DEGREES

WINDS: 25 MPH SUSTAINED, WITH FREQUENT 40-50 MPH GUSTS.

My Friend Brian and I Fished a remote lake in Downeast Maine today. The conditions described above were brutal and were it not for the fact that I dressed in Filson Wool from head to toe, I would not have been able to stay on the lake from Sun-up to Sun-down. I was as warm as could be.

I had on my : Filson  Double Mackinaw Cruiser - Filson Mackinaw Field Pants - Filson Original Wool Shirt - Filson Alaskan Long Johns - Filson heavy duty OTC Merino socks.

Everything but my hat and my boots were Filson products. Filson Wool is the best bar none and can be depended on. It is warm and lasts for years.

We only caught 3 Salmon but it was a great day to live in Maine! 

For more on these products and other great hunting apparel, go to my Wool  Clothing page.

Matt

MAY 2013 WE'LL BE SALMON FISHING AT LEENS LODGE

MAY 2013 WE'LL BE SALMON FISHING AT LEENS LODGE

22 JANUARY 2013

During the month of May, Eagle Mountain will have it's 24' Fishing Pontoon boat docked at Leens Lodge on West Grand Lake. The Landlocked Salmon fishing is second to none at West Grand and Leens Lodge, known as the "Waldorf of the wilderness", is located on the pristine shores of this 13,000+ acre spring fed wilderness lake. This lodging-dining-fishing combination will bring you coming back year after year. We invite you to take advantage of the best lodging on the lake and fish with Eagle Mountain Guide Service. Owner-operator Matt Whitegiver has been fishing West Grand since 1982. That gives him 30 years of experience trolling the honey holes that only the month of May and early June can offer.

Maine Freshwater Fishing

 Maine Freshwater Fishing

 

3 JANUARY 2013

Well, here we are again at the start of another new year. Let's all hope for a peaceful and prosperous year for everyone.

This is the time of year when vacationers begin researching their plans for wherever their destination may be.  For Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park tourists coming to Maine, this means finding good lodging, great restaurants and especially fun activities for the whole family. Whether it be golf or whale watching, hiking, shopping or what we like most...Fishing! 

FALL FISHING

FALL FISHING

28 SEPT 2012

Just when I thought that I had put away my fishing hat,  my Bear hat  & gearing up to don my Birding hat, the boss...

( Lisa ) ... books me a fishing trip! I had to dig deep to find the fishing hat even though I only put it away a few weeks ago. 

Fishing this time of year to me means one thing. Trolling for Landlocked Salmon and Lakers. Water temps are down and the fish are up near the surface. I have never really targeted Smallies this time of year and I wondering while trolling, where I'd start looking for the big Bronze Backs this time of year. But who really wants to Bass fish when the Salmon are cruising the surface again?

June fishing 2012

June fishing 2012

26 JUNE 2012

I have been remiss in my fish reports this month. My apologies.  It has been a fantastic month of fishing From Brook Trout to Smallmouth Bass to Salmon and Lake trout. I have guided many trips since my last blog so instead of trying to tell the story of all the trips, I will let the pictures tell the stories. If you go to the fishing photo gallery and click on pg4,. all but the top 4 pics are from the past 3 weeks...I will try and do better keeping you up to date after each trip.

Thanks to all the fishermen/women and kids......

The above pic with this blog is of me with a nice stringer of Brookies caught with a friend at a remote beaver bog.

Matt

Note: For some reason the new pics I added to the photo gallery popped up on random pages and not just pg 4 :-(..... I did title all the new pics: "June 2012" that way you can tell the new from the previous pics....

BACK TO WEARING WOOL...

BACK TO WEARING WOOL...

5 JUNE 2012

I was sure glad I told yesterday's group to dress warm. Turns out they could have dressed even warmer. I had my longies on, wool socks and a mid weight coat on. It was like early May  ice out trolling again. I was ok, but they were from Louisiana and it was a bit of a shocker. The 3 were troopers though and stuck it out for the 4+ hours.

Well, not only was the weather cold, so too was the fishing. We had received about 5" of rain the 2 days before which dropped the lake temp by almost 9 degrees. The Salmon had shut down. We trolled all over the lake for over 2 hours and only caught one 15" Lake Trout. 

SMALLMOUTH REPORT

SMALLMOUTH REPORT

31 MAY 2012

I Had an fairly exciting day with Top Water lures yesterday with this husband and wife team from the mountains of western Maryland.

We were hoping to catch the beginning of the spawn, but as of yet I've seen no beds. I have seen scars on the fish that are making nests for the females but water temps from all the rain we've had lately seems to have delayed the annual event.

Late May Trolling

Late May Trolling

26 MAY 2012

At 9 am I met my  second sports of the season at the boat launch. The young family from the Boston area was visiting Acadia National Park for the Memorial weekend. The father, a Master Sergeant in the U.S.A.F. told me the trip was all about the kids. He just wanted them to have as much action as possible. For a 3 and 5 year old, that would usually mean heading to the most productive Bass and Sunfish spots on the lake, but this morning was overcast. Perfect Salmon weather and after such a great Salmon day I had on my first  trip out, I easily persuaded Dad  we try trolling for a while. We didn't have all 4 poles in the water for 5 minutes when the first Salmon hit. Unfortunately we lost it right at the boat, but it wasn't long before we had another one hooked. 

Spring 2012 Salmon & Lake Trout

Spring 2012 Salmon & Lake Trout

21 MAY 2012

After a great month of fishing streams for Native Brook Trout, I finally got out on the lake for the 1st time yesterday with 3 Fishermen.  Trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout was the plan of the day. The forecast called for bright sunshine and hot. Not great Salmon weather, so we got an early start. To make things even worse, the lake was like glass most of the morning. Fortunately the fish didn't seem to notice.

Going out cold like that is not the best way to take out sports, but after less than an hour of scouting different depths and colors we  caught our first Landlocked Salmon. It was a stocked fish that was just put in the lake a few weeks before. It was only 6" long, but it broke the ice.

OPERATION SMELT RUN 2

OPERATION SMELT RUN 2

12 APRIL 2012

 

After receiving two reliable reports of smelt spottings, at 8 pm the three of us guides headed out for another run after the elusive smelt. Our first stop was at a lake not too far from home. We spotted 10 or 11 individual smelt in the brook and thought well... "good timing" looks like they will run tonight.  

But as per usual we got impatient and one of the guys asked if we should move on to the next lake 15 miles East. I knew that lake often starts earlier than this one and has frequent day time runs so I said good idea. We decided we'd go check it out and if nothing was happening we would come back to this lake and probably the run would be on.

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