Downeast Lakes, Maine Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Downeast Lakes, Maine Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish the drop offs and off shore away from islands. Fish are feeding heavy post spawn, but you have to go a bit deeper.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Downeast Lakes is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: NA

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: High Noon

Best stretch: Big, West Grand, Machias, Wabassus, Pocumcus, Syslodobsis, St. Croix

Best access point: Varies

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hedricksons on the lake and black flying ants too are showing up. Dragons are out now too.

Fish species: smallmouth bass, salmon, togue, chain pickerel, white perch

Fishing season: Iceout into November

Nearest airport: Bangor International - Commercial / Princeton - Private Planes

Downeast Lakes Description

With more than a dozen cool, clear glacial lakes surrounding Grand Lake Stream in Eastern Maine, the region has become famous for world-class fishing for smallmouth bass. With the likes of Joe Brooks, H.G. Tappley, W.G Tappley, Harold Blaisdell, Dave Whitlock and numerous other fishing icons putting ink to paper, the Downeast Lakes Region of Maine fast became a first rate destination for "bugging" for smallmouth. ...

Techniques & Tips

sink tip with a crayfish imitation or floating line with poppers around the weedbeds.

7-Day Forecast

Fishing will stay strong on most lakes into the summer. watch for fish feeding on juvenile alewives and dragon flies. Otherwise, go deep to 5-10 feet with weighted flies


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