The lakes of Maine

Once you move north and east of Augusta the fishing changes from largemouth to smallmouth bass.  Brook trout, landlocked salmon, and togue, the local name for lake trout, also appear in small numbers in the deeper, cooler lakes.  Boats become fewer and further between and the shallows and rocks become less well marked.  Marine repair shops love this and stock lower units for all makes and models.  "Local knowledge" is at a premium and it comes with either years on the water or a very fat wallet. 

There is a lifetime of lakes north and east of Augusta.  Some of them have great boat ramps and some have "improved" launches that someone who does not know the area might miss completely.  This is Maine, after all and we don't want to make it too easy! 

I've fished a lot of the accessible lakes but would really like to have another decade to just explore new and different places as well as just fish my favorite places at other times of the year.  I've seen moose, deer, a bear or two, loons too numerous to count, a population of eagles that gets stronger every year, ospreys, herons, beavers, and many other forms of wildlife.  Fish!  Yes!  I've seen lots of fish too!  The lakes are full of fish and, what's even better, the fishing pressure is not too heavy in most places, making fishing both pleasurable and productive. 

There is nothing so nice as to spend a day out on a calm lake, fishing, having lunch, and if the weather gets too hot, going for a swim.  I regularly fish a half a dozen Downeast lakes.  They are all productive and they are all beautiful.