Maine Fishing on East
Location: Northeastern Maine, in Danforth, Weston
and Orient (Aroostook and Washington counties).
Length: 22 miles
Width: Up to 4 miles
Maximum Depth: 145 Feet
Shoreline: 365 miles
Prime Game Fish:
Lake Trout and Brook Trout.
Other Fish Present: White Perch, Yellow Perch,
Chain Pickerel, Round Whitefish, and Smelt.
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East Grand Lake Has Some of the Best Fishing in Maine
East Grand Lake is known primarily
for its large and numerous
landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass populations.
In addition, trophy lake trout are also present in large
numbers. The lake's outstanding features are the
numerous coves, brook inlets and cold springs, which
- combined with a healthy smelt population - makes
East Grand Lake an excellent source of Maine fishing pleasure.
Three-to-four-pound landlocked salmon catches are common,
and fish up to five pounds are caught each year by
Rideout's Maine Fishing Lodge guests.
The lake's rock-studded coves
shelter sassy two-to-five-pound smallmouths, with
bass nearly six-pounds landed occasionally.
Our Maine lake trout range
commonly from 4 to 8 pounds, but specimens
over 20 pounds
have been caught in the last 20
years on the lake. In May of 2011 our
local game warden reported that we now have one
of the top 2 togue fisheries in all of Maine! Brook trout
are making a comeback, having been reintroduced several years ago.
Our brookies can tip the scales at 3 pounds, and can be taken using streamer flies or with dry- or wet-fly fishing techniques
either in the lake or on nearby streams.
May and June trolling offers the most consistent salmon
fishing of the season, and the largest spring landlocks
are taken by trolling smelts and
streamer flies. In the
summer, deep trolling with downriggers or lead-core line
is the order of the day. In September, the salmon return
to the surface and trolling streamer flies provides
plenty of Maine fishing action.
Bottom-bumping spoons through the deep holes is
the best warm-weather lake trout technique.
June and July, smallmouth bass are on their beds and respond
well to plastic worms, grubs, jerk baits, top-water
lures and spinnerbaits. In mid-summer, bass lay offshore
in 20 to 25 feet of water. Carolina-rigged lizards
can be used for deep-water fishing, and spinnerbaits for
top-water action. Surface lures cast near
structure are effective early and late in the day.
East Grand Lake offers many locations for excellent fishing. In May and June, salmon anglers should go to Meeting
House Point, Little River Cove, Caribou Point, Five
Islands and Hayes Point. The islands and area of East Grand Lake
between Balm of Gilead Cove and Work Cove on the
opposite shore are also excellent salmon waters. In the
summer and fall, the salmon are usually concentrated
between Meeting House Point and the mouth of Greenland
Cove. The deep water between Little River Cove toward
the mouth of The Arm is excellent for lake trout trolling.
Bass fishing is always dependable in Big English Cove,
on Norway Point, and down in The Arm.
From this summary, we hope you're persuaded that East Grand
Lake offers some of the best fishing in Maine - or the nation,
for that matter. For Rideout's guests, we offer advice and maps for fishing the best spots during your stay. We also offer the services of some of the best Maine fishing guides, who are experienced at helping anglers find fish on East Grand Lake.
Contact us to learn more about our
traditional Maine fishing lodge vacation experience, which is great fun for serious anglers or
the whole family. Check out our popular, full-service
Maine fishing vacation packages, which include lodging and American Plan dining!
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