August 28, 2011

Deirdre Fleming: Fall fishing tips from the experts

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CHECK THE state's fall stocking report to find out the recent stocked waters this fall:

AS ALWAYS, fishermen need to consult the fishing law book for all waters to check on special regulations.


The Roach River is one of Moosehead Lake's primary spawning tributaries for wild fish. To protect the fish, the river closes to fishing on Sept. 30 -- but until then it offers great action.

At the Roach River, the flow is controlled by the dam owned by IFW on First Roach Pond. In a typical year, the gates are opened around Labor Day to attract wild brook trout and salmon into the river. If water is available, another increase in flow can be expected in mid-September, Obrey said.

There are a handful of pools in the upper section of the Roach, but most of the fishing is in pocket water along the river. There are access points near the dam and a few trails on the north side.

On the other side of Moosehead, the East Outlet of the Kennebec River originates and flows into Indian Pond. In fall, salmon from both lakes enter this section of river. IFW also stocks brook trout in the East Outlet, and the action is very good, Obrey said.

The river is open through October, and the uppermost section is open year-round.


Some of the most fun fall fisheries in the eastern part of the state are the kids' ponds, including Lincoln Kids' Pond in Lincoln, Jerry Pond in Millinocket, Pickerel Pond in Township 32 MD; Milo Farm Pond in Milo.

IFW biologist Nels Kramer also suggests a handful of waters open through September for all fishermen, like Smith Pond in Millinocket; Little Round Pond, Upper Pond and Upper Cold Stream Pond in Lincoln; Cold Stream Pond in Enfield; Weird Pond and Silver Lake in Lee; Mud Pond in Old Town; and Molunkus Lake in Molunkus Township.

The best wild fisheries are the lakes open through September: the East Branch and West Branch of the Penobscot River; Sourdnahunk Stream; Trout Brook; Webster Stream; and Seboeis River.


Some biologists are tight-lipped on where the fishing is good, and none more than Regional IFW David Basley in Ashland when it comes to spawning wild brook trout.

But Basley offered these waters in The County for fun fall fishing in September: Upper Elbow Pond west of Ashland and Square Lake in Township 16, Range 5 Wells. And most rivers will offer great fall trout fishing, especially after the wet summer in the north country.

"It's been a great wet summer. I even had a frog jump across my lawn when I was mowing it in the heat of the afternoon," Basley said.

Staff Writer Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at:

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