Fishing doesn’t seem to have improved too much despite the weather cooling a bit.

Biologists are still busy more with fish than fishermen.


Biologists monitoring salmon production around Sebago Lake have some good news.

“There seem to be salmon making good use of the upper part of the drainage and there seems to be an abundance of juvenile salmon,” said Francis Brautigam with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.


Biologists in Washington and Hancock counties suggest trolling with flies and artificial lures in small trout ponds now, but they’re waiting for the fishing to pick up. IFW biologist Greg Bur suggests trying Simmons Pond in Hancock or Bubble Pond in Bar Harbor.


Biologists in the region teamed up with several volunteers from the Moosehead Lake Coalition last week to improve Lily Bay Brook. Located on the east side of Moosehead, it is spawning and nursery habitat for salmon and brook trout.

This stream also has been the most important smelt spawning tributary but it has become clogged with debris, dead and fallen trees, and remnants of beaver activity.

“This spring we documented heavy sedimentation in the brook and the lake at the time when the smelts were ascending the streams in Moosehead to spawn,” IFW biologist Tim Obrey said.

Last week the crew removed multiple jams in a section of stream, some as tall as 5 feet.


Those using the Allagash River below Churchill Dam should be mindful that water flows will be lowered starting Sept. 27, said IFW biologist David Basley.

The Army Corps of Engineers and IFW biologists will be inspecting Allagash Falls for upstream fish passage to see if muskellunge or smallmouth bass can pass. The hope is that the invasive species cannot.

“We have an agreement with the Allagash Wilderness Waterway to reduce flows in the Allagash so that the water will have a chance to drain and look at the river on a low-flow condition,” Basley said.

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