April 13, 2013

Allen Afield: Above all, prize fish are for what the angler trolls

By Ken Allen

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I suggested we anchor at a tributary and cast, but he said he preferred trolling.

My solution? I never fished with the guy again -- not from anger but from practicality.

The moral of the story is simple -- choose fishing companions with care. Neither of us was right or wrong -- just different.

When folks troll lakes and ponds in April, tributary mouths, outlets, gravel shoals, last year's weed beds, shallow coves, spring holes, deep holes and springy shorelines draw trout and salmon and are worth fishing extra hard, but the real way to find hot spots offers the most fun -- lots of fishing in a single water to gain experience. That's the best way to find honey holes.

A fish-finder pinpoints depths that game fish and baitfish prefer each day. Once I was fishing with a guide on Moosehead Lake who watched a fish finder until we found a salmon school.

He then put out markers on both sides of the bunched-up landlocks, and we trolled around the markers and through the fish every 10 minutes, which kept us in action until they moved. We'd catch up with the fish again, and that's the way the afternoon went, landing myriad salmon.

As soon as ice goes out in April, salmon anglers might try Sebago Lake, Parker Pond in Mount Vernon, St. George Lake in Liberty, Swan Lake in Swanville, Wassookeag Lake in Dexter, Long Lake in Bridgton and Thompson Lake in Otisfield.

Brook-trout anglers might head to trout-rich Waldo County, and try Bowler Pond and Sheepscot Pond in Palermo, Dutton Pond in Knox and Sanborn Pond in Waldo. Little Pond in Damariscotta (Lincoln County) and Kimball Pond in Vienna (Kennebec County) are also good spots to find 2-pound brookies and larger, because IFW has maintained intensive brookie management in these waters for years.

Ken Allen, of Belgrade Lakes, a writer, editor and photographer, may be reached at:



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