Rideout's Lodge - one of the great Maine fishing camps

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Jim Brown, Owner Dick Rose, Manager

Rideout's Lodge
6 Waterfront Drive;
Weston, ME 04424-4248

(located 3 miles north of Danforth, Maine)

1-800-594-5391 (back-up #)

Jim’s Cell Phone 207-210-7191

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Dear Friends,
Welcome to Rideout’s! You have just discovered the ideal source for outstanding Maine fishing and delightful vacations. Rideout's Lakeside Lodge is an authentic, family-operated Maine fishing lodge located on twenty-two mile long East Grand Lake near the Canada border. We've been nationally recognized for our exceptional fishing for smallmouth bass , landlocked salmon and lake trout .

Since 1947, Rideout's has been one of Maine's great fishing lodgesWe are also known as “the Sporting Camp for family fun” because of our clean, comfortable Maine cabin rentals, and our emphasis on other outdoor recreation such as boating and wildlife viewing.

Whether you’re looking for an authentic Maine fishing lodge with rustic rental cabins, or an affordable, outdoor family vacation, you'll experience the best of the Maine North Woods here at Rideout's on East Grand Lake.

Sunrise on East Grand Lake, MaineEast Grand Lake Offers the Best Maine Bass & Salmon Fishing
Crystal-clear, East Grand Lake, one of the largest unspoiled lakes in Maine, lies nestled in the beautiful forests of the Maine North Woods. This pristine natural setting helps our fish grow and flourish. In recent years, anglers have caught trophy-sized landlocked salmon (over 8 pounds!) in East Grand Lake, and a recent national magazine confirmed that “you can catch 100 smallmouth bass a day” here under ideal conditions. We also have excellent lake trout fishing.

Over the years, Rideout’s has been featured in several national magazines, including Field and Stream and North American Fisherman, which have praised us for our quality Maine fishing and comfortable cabin accommodations. So if you're looking for a great fishing vacation at a traditional Maine fishing lodge, Rideout's is your destination.

One of Rideout's comfortable Maine rental cabinsRideout's Rental Cabins
We know how important comfortable accommodations are for vacation pleasure. Rideout's features 20 clean, fully equipped, knotty-pine Maine cabin rentals . Our spacious cabins are situated on wooded lots with pleasing views of East Grand Lake. All cabins have electricity, automatic heat, full bath with shower or tub and flush toilets. Beds are firm and comfortable, and most are doubles. Most cabins have large, screened porches and sleep up to six. For your convenience, we offer several different lodging plans to suit every taste and budget, including our Housekeeping Plan (cabin rentals with kitchens) and our American Plan (full-service meals-and-lodging packages).

Our Guests Return - Year After Year
Since 1947, we have worked hard to maintain an atmosphere that combines warm friendliness and relaxation, in a Maine fishing lodge environment. We are proud and honored that many Rideout's guests have returned year after year -- some for several generations! And, our new guests often remark that we make them feel "like family." This is due in large part to our friendly staff, who have a long history of providing superior customer service. Together with our reasonable rates and flexible vacation packages, this focus on our guests' comfort makes Rideout's stand out as a truly unique Maine fishing vacation experience.

“At Your Service” For 65 Years!
We look forward to sharing Rideout's genuine Maine hospitality with you on your next vacation. Feel free to contact us anytime, at 207-448-2440 (or back up #: 1-800-594-5391) or by e-mail, to discuss the Rideout's Maine fishing lodge experience, our cabin rentals and vacation packages, in more detail. We will be happy to send a packet of information and guest references to any U.S. address upon request.

Off-Season Discounts
Finally, if you have a flexible vacation schedule and can stay with us during off-peak periods (early May, late August, or September during the Maine fall foliage season), you may be eligible for a discount. Check our Cabin Rental Discounts page for more information.

We hope you will join us soon!

Jim Brown
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East Grand Lake Fishing Reports

Update as of 5/24/2013  Guests are currently catching 2.5 - 4 lb. (some 5 pounders, too) salmon in many areas of the lake (Five Islands, Little River Cove Dark Cove, off Hayes Point & down towards Greenland Cove. The salmon & some lake trout (8-12 pounds) are still on top due to the cool water & are taking copper Mooselooks, various streamers and live bait (shiners). The salmon are very thick & healthy (& some, very delicious!).

Bass Fishing: More & more 3-5 pound bass are being caught on the troll; lots of acrobatics and diving – very exciting (even for the salmon fishermen!) Guide Brian Cain reports that the bass are starting to build their beds and will be defending them very soon; making for another fantastic year of smallmouth fishing on East Grand Lake. All the typical soft baits, crank baits & spinner baits should work well again in 2013 – lots of Guests caught 50-80 (or more smallies) per day in 2012. That is expected to continue in 2013!

Update as of 8/31/2012  Customers are currently catching 2 to 3 lb. salmon in Greenland Cove with 00 Jensen Dodgers & Woods Specials (orange  single hook flies) at 30-50 feet.  The salmon are very thick & healthy.

Update as of 8/3/2012 Fishing guide Brian Cain reported that his guide party caught 2, 4+ lb. bass and 9 bass between 2 1/2 and 3 lbs with black & blue Senkos near Meetinghouse Point.  He reports that the fish were viciously hitting the Senkos on the drop at about 20 ft, in 30 ft of water.


Over the past week extremely "fast" bass fishing occurring....a few customers are catching over 100 bass per day.  Texas & wacky rigged Senkos are preferred (black/blue, white).  Also tube baits are extremely effective for bass.

Update as of 5/31/2012 4.5 million smelts (baitfish) stocked over the past 3 yrs has resulted in many catches of 20-23 inch, 2-4 lb. salmon (most say every 4th or 5th fish is a 3+ pounder).  Some groups of salmon fishermen have reported catches of up to 100 salmon in a week, many taken near Meetinghouse and Shipwreck Points.  Bass beds are just beginning to appear with many bass fishermen catching 25 to 30 bass per day with the black/blue Senko the bait of choice.  Several 8-14 inch brook trout have also recently been caught in Work Cove.

Update as of 7/21/2011: Salmon fishermen using Woods Specials (orange flies) with Jensen Dodgers are catching up to 9 salmon in 4 hrs., up to 3 lbs., behind the Five Islands at 3-5 colors.  Bass fishermen trolling clown colored F11 floating Rapalas along the shoreline of Little River & Work Coves are landing up to 11 fish in 2 hrs. with some nearly 3.5 lbs.  Also Watermelon Senkos and Zoom Ultravibe Speed Craws (small crayfish) are working very well Wacky and Texas rigged respectively. 

Update as of 6/5/2011: The bass are mostly  pre-spawn but some are on their beds.  Yesterday two highly experienced fisherman (one a customer for over 40 yrs) caught 40 bass (1-4 lbs), 19 salmon (up to 21") and 9 brook trout (6-14") in one day.  The brookies were taken mostly with bass crankbaits (similar to Wiggle Warts) in about 15 feet of water in Little River Cove.  The salmon were taken with live shiners on the Canadian side of Five Islands.  The bass were taken primarily with Slug-gos around the islands.

Update as of 5/14/2011: Some salmon fishermen are currently catching very large numbers of salmon on the surface with live shiners, streamer flies (Gov. Aiken preferred), Mooselook Wobblers and DB Smelts.  One group reportedly caught 108 salmon in 6 days, another 55 salmon in 3 days, and another 33 fish in one day, with more typical numbers of 4-11 fish per day.  Most of the action is reported to be near Meetinghouse Point, behind the Five Islands or in the mouth of Greenland Cove.

Please browse our site and contact us for details on reserving your Rideout's Maine fishing vacation or family outdoor vacation experience.

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