Finally in the second week of August, fishing sounds like it’s slowed, but biologists point out, it’s all relative.

Those who don’t mind a little work are pulling boats over the low, rocky rivers in western Maine. Their reward? Fast bass action.

Other surprises exist around Maine.

REGION A: SOUTHERN MAINE

The buzz about togue fishing on Sebago Lake continues.

“It’s really pretty amazing and the fishing there continues to be consistently good. The prospects for success are very, very good,” said state fisheries biologist Francis Brautigam with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

REGION B: CENTRAL MAINE

Float trips are the rage now in central Maine, said IFW biologist Robert Van-Riper.

Bass fishermen are heading down the Kennebec, Sebasticook, the Dead, lower Sandy and Androscoggin rivers.The hazard in this heat, of course, is the low water, creating the work of dragging or portaging a boat.

But Van-Riper said folks are finding the fast bass fishing well worth it.

“The bass seem to be taking all kinds of stuff,” Van-Riper said.

REGION C: DOWN EAST

Vacationers are calling the Down East office asking how to fish for salmon and trout, and IFW biologist Greg Bur said this is a good idea.

“What I tell them when they need to find out where the fish will be is call the biologists to ask where the thermaclime (depths) are,” Bur said. “Then you can adjust your techniques accordingly.

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REGION D: WESTERN MAINE

August is a great togue fishing month in western Maine.

IFW biologist Dave Boucher recommends trying Pleasant Pond in Caratunk, Spencer Lake in Hobbstown Township, Jim Pond in Jim Pond Township, Spring Lake in Township 3, Range 4, and Embden Lake in Embden.

REGION E: MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION

Sebec Lake this summer is the news up north. Fishing there usually slows by now, but this year has not, reported IFW biologist Tim Obrey.

“Anglers need to get down 40 to 60 feet to find them, but (the fish) are there,” said Obrey of Sebec Lake, one of the original landlocked salmon waters in Maine.

REGION F: EASTERN MAINE

Nicatous Lake in Hancock County is a great place to fish right now, said IFW biologist Nels Kramer.

The brown trout stocked there are not being thinned out and they need to be in this 5,100-acre lake east of Grand Falls Township, Kramer said.

“There aren’t a lot of people fishing brown trout there. And those who are are having success.”

REGION G: NORTHERN MAINE

Anglers seeking a relatively small, lightly fished togue area should try Umsaskis Lake in Township 11, Range 13, said IFW Biologist David Basley. The lake is part of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and lies south of the American Realty Road, 55 miles west of Ashland.

Umsaskis Lake has brook trout and togue and campsites nearby make it a good fishing destination, Basley said.

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