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Region G: Aroostook County
Most of the lakes and ponds in northern Maine shed their coat of ice during the last week of April and those remaining should be ice-free by now. This is about a week earlier than normal.
Brook trout in the numerous small ponds that were stocked with fall fingerlings have been producing for anglers. Among these waters are Timoney Lake, Carry Lake, Echo Lake, Hanson Brook Lake and Trafton Lake. Up in northern Aroostook, Daigle Pond and Black Lake are early ice-out favorites.
Staff from the Ashland office recently was at the Grand Lake Stream hatchery marking a number of spring yearling trout that will be stocked in the next couple of weeks. Popular waters that will receive spring yearling trout include Monson Pond, Conroy Lake, Mud Pond, and the East Branch Mattawamkeag River.
The Fish River Chain remains a destination for anglers at ice-out. While all of the lakes offer opportunity for brook trout and salmon, Eagle Lake is the only water with a sizeable togue population. Togue fishing in this lake was very good this winter and hopefully angler success will continue into the open water season.
Popular backcountry lakes include Big Eagle, Churchill, Umsaskis and Round Pond in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Watercraft restrictions exist on these waters so first-time visitors are encouraged to check the law book. Spider Lake, Cliff Lake, Millimagassett Lake and 2nd Musquacook Lake are other early destinations for trout and togue.
Anglers traveling roads within the North Maine Woods management area should be respectful of the industrial landowners providing road access by not traveling on secondary roads that are soft and easily rutted. Information for North Maine Woods Inc. can be obtained from the Ashland office at 435-6213 or visit www.northmainewoods.org.
River flows are high but can be expected to recede in the coming week as snow and ice leave the woods and waters. Although Memorial Day is early this year, conditions should be good for excellent fishing flows over the long weekend. Black flies, as well as trout, will be hungry so don’t forget the fly dope. The Aroostook, Fish and Allagash Rivers are all good candidates for brook trout. The Meduxnekeag River in southern Aroostook harbors a population of brown trout. Finally, don’t forget, salmon caught from the flowing waters of the Aroostook River drainage must be immediately released!
As always, we caution all anglers to be aware of the cold water temperatures and to please wear a life jacket when fishing out of watercraft. Good luck fishing this season.
— David J. Basley, Regional Fisheries Biologist, Ashland