Fishing in Maine in the Moosehead Region offers something for everyone. A glance at any map reveals a number of bodies of water ranging in size from Moosehead Lake to ponds of only a few acres. There is plenty of action for spin casters as well as for fly casters; for novices and for experts. Some waters are easily accessed by car while others require some hiking. Among the popular species are bass, trout, salmon, and togue (the local name for lake trout). Although Maine has an energetic stocking program, many of the waters contain wild fish – a pleasure to catch and to see. If this is your first time fishing in the Moosehead area, we recommend the use of a guide who will be able to help you achieve your goals and will offer a wealth of information on the great outdoors in general. Basic fishing outfits can be purchased in town but are included with fishing expeditions from the Lodge. Be sure that you have a license and an up-to-date fishing regulation book. There are several local sites where you may purchase a license, or you may apply for one online from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
So, Let’s Go Fishing!
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake has been recognized by Outside Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Great Wilderness Lodges in North America”. Fodor’s Travel Guide says “If Teddy Roosevelt and Ralph Lauren had collaborated on an inn overlooking the biggest lake in Maine’s Northwoods, the result might have been the Lodge at Moosehead Lake.”
- 1/2 day trip: $349 for 1 to 2 people
- Full day trip: $449 for 1 to 2 people with lunch included.
- Fly Fishing Lesson: $449 for 1 to 2 people – Day starts shortly after breakfast at the lodge with classroom time (including video presentation and hands on teaching), casting practice on the lawn, then to the river to learn how to wade, read the water and much more. Lunch included.
The Lodge has a list of some great places for open water fishing – just check our Guest Services book when you arrive. All of these waters have boat access with parking available. Consult the law book as these lakes since they may have special regulations. The open water fishing season is from April 1 – September 30, except for Moosehead Lake, which doesn’t open until May 1. Generally the ice does not go out on any of these lakes until late April or early May.
Trolling on Moosehead Lake
When you book a fishing trip at the Lodge, one of the options can be trolling. This is a classic fishing-style known only to this New England area. Catching native brook and lake trout, and landlocked salmon in this style is very exciting. It is typically done in May and June on the top of the water or along the shoreline. Trolling is superior early morning and late evening. Maine has the best population of native brook trout. It also is one of the few places to have landlocked Atlantic salmon, mostly because of the cold water found in the large Moosehead Lake. Your Registered Maine Guide, Bob Howe, has over 50 years experience trolling tandem hook streamers. This could be just the option for the non-fly fishing enthusiast.
While trolling, Bob, will point out special attractions and interesting folklore. Learn about our logging history, wildlife, and geology. View local properties, woods, private beaches and campsites, and see terrestrial wildlife.
NOTE: Fishing in June and early July in Lily Bay on Moosehead Lake has reportedly been very good for small mouth bass. August is not recommended for fishing but it picks up again in September and October.
In the Moosehead Lake region of Maine you can fish for a variety of cold water and warm water species including brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout (locally known as togue), salmon, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and even trophy northern pike – on just about every type of water imaginable. Within 1 hour of the Lodge, there are over 40 ponds.
The following chart provides a guide for the best fishing from May through October.
Staying at The Lodge at Moosehead Lake provides the fishing enthusiast with everything you are looking for. World class accommodations teamed with a premier Registered Master Maine Guide, Bob Howe. For over forty years Bob has introduced countless numbers of people to the sport of fly-fishing, including things such as fly identification, casting, knots, reading the waters, fly placement and much more. He is uniquely gifted in his ability to read a guest and provide the best possible experience for their expertise and expectations.