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    Default Pre, Pre, Pre Planning for Maine

    I do not know much about Maine in terms of fly fishing, but my fiance loves the state. I use to live in Northwestern Ontario, Canada (Lake of the Woods), I grew up in the upper Mid-West and I love those areas. Currently, we live in Phoenix, Arizona and I can not wait to leave. On the list of possible places to move to are western Montana, central Oregon, possibly central Washington, northern Wisconsin or Maine. Of course fishing and waterfowl hunting will have a MAJOR impact on the decision. We came here for her and her job, the next move will be for me and my addictions!

    Some of the things we want are the four seasons again, white Christmas, Fall colors, Spring flowers and good people, in the country somewhere where a log home will look nice. Now, for the more serious question, the fishing.....

    I like Trout fishing, I enjoy it, but it is not my number one. I am a big fly, big, strong fish with aggressive takes type of guy. Naturally, I am lured to the Striper fishing on the coast. I know for a fact that I would enjoy that. I am also a die hard Smallmouth guy and love 3 and 4 pound Smallies. In addition, I like fishing to 40" Pike and I also like Muskie fishing. The big Maine Brookies would be a hoot too.

    I am open to all suggestions for where a good location in Maine would be that provides access to these fish, within a reasonable drive. I would also love to be directed to or be shown pictures of what exists in Maine in terms of the above fish and the quality of the fisheries. Any and all information is greatly appreciated!

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    I know that there's pike in the Belgrade Lakes and I assume that there is elsewhere too. They're considered invasives and not all that welcome.
    There's muskie too but that fishery is limited.
    Smallmouth are barely tolerated but there's strong fisheries in the Androscoggin the Penobscott, and the "down east" lakes.
    Brook trout are Maine's heritage. 90% of all native brookies in the USA live in Maine. In the small streams the little guys can be very abundant. Earlier this year in a feeder stream I saw a school that had at least 300 fish in a pool about the size of a SUV.
    Fly fisherman are usually more interested in the the larger brook trout and land locked salmon in both rivers and ponds.The more well known rivers can get crowded but the thousands of trout ponds see a lot less pressure.

    http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reg...tion/index.htm

    I'm a lousy photographer, but here's a good sized wild brookie from a remote pond earlier this year



    Here's a friend with a smallie from a 'downeast " lake last month



    A Kennebago land locked salmon

    Last edited by Rip Tide; 09-20-2013 at 07:26 AM.
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    We're leaving for Maine in a week and a half. We considered many other states, but Maine won out for the reasons you've mentioned, AND the more than attractive real estate prices.

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    Like RIP said, abundant lakes and all kinds of small streams. I'm at the top of the state, its allot more secluded than the lower half, it may not be what you are looking for, but here's a few shots



    Lots of Water this map doesn't show the small lakes.

    Here's a few fish shots






    Do we have Musky up here yes, they are new to the area and are decimating our native populations, I do not like them!! they are going to ruin some of the best landlocked fishing there is period, sorry for the rant.
    Tim

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    Sorry for the late response. I spent the last few days in the mountains doing some fishing, listening to and watching Elk bugle and enjoying an actual Fall. You know, highs in the upper 60's, the Aspen trees changing and then oh wait, I realize I live in hell when I get back to Phoenix at 8:30pm and it is 95 degrees!

    Sorry rant over!

    I appreciate the replies and the photos. Surprised to not see or hear more of the Striper fishing.

    nickj.....do you mind me asking what states you considered and ultimately why you chose Maine? Heck, it would be hard for me to leave Colorado, I think. From what I hear, it is getting crowded there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onthehunt View Post
    Surprised to not see or hear more of the Striper fishing.
    I fished for Maine stripers all last week, kayaking the Harpswell bays. I did get a few but it was nothing to get excited about.
    Plenty of snappers around, a lot of rain too.
    You gotta realize the the striped bass population is down 75% from 10 years ago. It ain't like the old days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    I fished for Maine stripers all last week, kayaking the Harpswell bays. I did get a few but it was nothing to get excited about.
    Plenty of snappers around, a lot of rain too.
    You gotta realize the the striped bass population is down 75% from 10 years ago. It ain't like the old days.
    What is?

    Lee's Ferry use to produce Trout measured in pounds, now an 18" is considered big!

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    Just the other day I read about three "50s" (that would be pounds) being caught in the same tide, same rip at Block Island RI.
    There's still big fish around but the population is way down due to a number of different factors. Pollution, over fishing, lack of bait...

    After the last down turn in the 80s there was a moratorium and eventually the population rebounded.
    In the mid '90s it was possible to have a 50 or even a 100 fish day.
    Now you're lucky just to catch a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onthehunt View Post
    Sorry for the late response. I spent the last few days in the mountains doing some fishing, listening to and watching Elk bugle and enjoying an actual Fall. You know, highs in the upper 60's, the Aspen trees changing and then oh wait, I realize I live in hell when I get back to Phoenix at 8:30pm and it is 95 degrees!

    Sorry rant over!

    I appreciate the replies and the photos. Surprised to not see or hear more of the Striper fishing.

    nickj.....do you mind me asking what states you considered and ultimately why you chose Maine? Heck, it would be hard for me to leave Colorado, I think. From what I hear, it is getting crowded there.
    We looked at most of the states still considered Free America that had trout populations. Maine won because we grew up in Connecticut, have relatives there and in upstate NY, and because the real estate values are awesome. The politics and the fires are forcing us to leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickj View Post
    We looked at most of the states still considered Free America that had trout populations. Maine won because we grew up in Connecticut, have relatives there and in upstate NY, and because the real estate values are awesome. The politics and the fires are forcing us to leave.
    That sucks. If you want something broke, give it to the government!

    Understood with the family situation and going back to your roots! Part of why I want to head back to northern Wisconsin! Good luck with the move, as I know how crazy a big distance move can go! Keep us posted and post plenty of pictures of your "new" life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    Just the other day I read about three "50s" (that would be pounds) being caught in the same tide, same rip at Block Island RI.
    There's still big fish around but the population is way down due to a number of different factors. Pollution, over fishing, lack of bait...

    After the last down turn in the 80s there was a moratorium and eventually the population rebounded.
    In the mid '90s it was possible to have a 50 or even a 100 fish day.
    Now you're lucky just to catch a few.
    I remember hearing of the 80's downturn. I couldn't even imagine a 50 plus fish day!

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