There is so much good fishing in Downeast Maine and there are so few people that take advantage of it. I have several places that I go where I spend all day on the water and see more loons, eagles and osprey than I do boats. It's amazing! Great fishing, great scenery, and peace and quite thrown in for an added bonus.
Acadia Guide Service is based on Mt. Desert Island but I fish the inland waters. This makes for an unusual opportunity. Most guides will meet you near the fishing area. If you are here on vacation I can meet you on the island or in Ellsworth and take your party with me to the fishing area, leaving your own vehicle for your spouse to use for the day.
Whether fishing the lakes or the rivers you should plan on an hour or two for driving each way. The fishing far Downeast or in the Lincoln area is two hours distant.
I run a custom built river john boat with a 115hp Yamaha jet-drive outboard. The boat will fish two client or one adult client and two children. More than this makes the boat crowded and therefore less enjoyable. Larger parties can be accommodated by either taking along a canoe as a second fishing boat or working with a second guide. Both options are possible.
Food is always such a problem. Do you want to stop and have a real shore lunch or do you just want good sandwiches and spend the extra time fishing? Either is possible. I will prepare a good hot shore lunch for you but it takes time. There is nothing so nice as having a hot meal on the river's edge. Menu options are open. Preparation takes time and the time comes from that available for fishing. The alternative is to eat a good (but cold) lunch either on the boat or on the water's edge and get back to fishing sooner. It's your choice!
Lakes - The best of the best.
Chemo Pond - One hour driving from Bar Harbor. Excellent and varied smallmouth and white perch fishing. Rocks, points, ledges, drop-offs, weed beds, creeks, mid-lake humps. Chemo has it all. When the fish are turned on, the fishing can be awesome.
Crawford Lake - One and a half hours driving Downeast. A big and lovely lake with much structure and few waterfront residences. Great smallmouth bass fishing at times and even largemouth fishing in the connected Mud Lakes. I've stayed in one spot and caught ten fish without touching my trolling motor. Honest!
Pocomoonshine Lake - A little further Downeast from Crawford Lake. Large with interesting structure in several places. Lots of smallmouth and large pickerel too.
Rivers - So much to choose from!
Penobscot - Costigan to Bangor. Good smallmouth fishing with a four pound river fish a real possibility. Moving water but plenty of depth in many places.
Penobscot - Winn to So. Lincoln. Possibly one of the loveliest stretches of river you will ever fish. A great ten mile float with riffles, piers, banks and grass beds holding lots of fish. A really memorable trip.
Penobscot - Mattawamkeag to Winn. The trip of a lifetime but only for the experienced angler. Several Class II rapids and lots of fast moving water and rocks. I am really occupied in running the boat so you have to be more in charge of your fishing most of the time as there is much to do to keep the boat safe. Be prepared for me to run the boat like a kayak in whitewater at times and be prepared to lock into some of the strongest smallmouth that you will ever see!
St. Croix River - Baileyville. Fish along the Canadian border. Lots of good smallmouth action. See the American flag on one shore and the Canadian on the other. A real old logging river with some really excellent smallmouth taken every year.