Fishing



Twin Maple Outdoors is now booking for the 2018-2019  Open Water and Hard Water Fishing

We can offer you at no extra cost, Fly and Spin Fishing lessons with one on one instruction until you are comfortable and successful in Fishing. Get the basic principles of Fishing for Trout, Salmon and Bass. In addition, we offer push button spin fishing for young children to allow them to get hooked and have the best fun they will not soon forget!

We offer half and full day trips as well as multi day and over night trips!

  • Small and Large Mouth Bass
  • Land Lock Salmon
  • Lake Trout (Togue)
  • Brooke Trout (Square Tail)
  • White Perch
  • White Fish
  • Pike
  • Musky

Our Winter Activity Policy – Mandated Shoe Spikes/Chains

Being safe on and off the ice is priority #1! For your own protection, we have mandated the use of shoe chains or ice spikes on our winter trips. In Maine, we have daytime melting and evening freezing which enhances slipping from forming black ice. We recommend you bring your own or we will supply you a set for your shoes. In the past we have always offered and recommended shoe spikes but we have now mandated the use of spikes/chains due to unpredictable weather patterns. *Even though surfaces are sanded, black ice can still form and not be seen by the naked eye. Please play it stay safe wherever you are!

Who Needs a License?

A valid Maine fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or older, to fish in inland waters or transport fish taken from inland waters.

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Our Inland Fish of Maine – Rich Yvon

We primarily fish for Inland species of fresh water fish here in Maine. Maine is comprised of many glacier deposit type lakes that hold indigenous cold and warm water species. Some species have been planted here illegally but have made a home here in Maine. Here is an overview of these fish we fish for and their legacy in Maine.

Maine’s Brook Trout   657 lakes and ponds have brook trout populations derived entirely from natural reproduction, and 311 have NEVER been stocked, representing genetically pure strains, unaltered by man since the glaciers retreated. Maine is virtually alone in the Northeast in having maintained a substantial part of its native brook trout heritage. We here at Twin Maple Outdoors treasure and respect this heritage and want to help our area preserve this special resource through education and appropriate conservation practices. Using conservation generates revenue which intern is used to keep this resource unspoiled for future generations to come.

Maine’s Land-Locked Salmon  Landlocked salmon are a freshwater form of the sea-run Atlantic salmon. We like to refer to them as a cousin of the Atlantic Salmon. This is a result of the deposits of the reseeding oceans from when Maine was covered with a sheet of ice. Prior to 1868, landlocked salmon populations occurred in only four river basins in Maine: the St. Croix, including West Grand Lake in Washington County; the Union, including Green Lake in Hancock County; the Penobscot, including Sebec Lake in Piscataquis County; and the Presumpscot, including Sebago Lake in Cumberland County. Cathance Lake in Washington County was probably the first Maine lake to be artificially stocked with landlocked salmon. This occurred in 1868, using salmon eggs obtained at Grand Lake Stream the previous year. Today, landlocked salmon provide the primary fishery in 176 lakes comprising nearly 500,000 acres. They are present and provide incidental fisheries in an additional 127 waters comprising about 160,000 acres. Maine supports one of the largest sport fisheries for this species in the world. Landlocked salmon also provide good fisheries in 44 rivers and streams totaling about 290 miles. Land Locked Salmon was the first game fish species to be disseminated throughout the state for the purpose of generating a sport fishery.

Maine’s Lake Trout (Togue) This cold, deep water fish is one of Maine’s prevalent sport fish that is best caught in colder months of the year. Lake Trout are generally a lazy scavenging fish that is closely related to The Brooke Trout. Lake trout stay in the cold thermal cline deep in a glacier lake where they look for an easy meal. The lake trout is a slow-growing fish and is the largest of the Chars. lake trout commonly reach lengths of 18 to 24 inches and weights of 2 to 4 pounds. They are among the longest lived and largest freshwater game fish, often living 20 years or more and attaining sizes of over 30 inches and 10 pounds. We avoid fishing for Lake Trout in warmer water months due to thermal shock and unavoidable killing or damage to them.

Maine’s Small Mouth Bass  Bronzeback, brown bass, black bass, Oswego bass, green trout and red eye…These fish commonly live 5-7 years, with a few individuals reaching ages from 10-20 years.  Our record fish in Maine is 8 pounds caught  at  Thompson Lake in 1970. Small-mouth Bass has quickly become one of Maine’s best kept secrets and under fished species in Maine. Although, introduced in waters of Maine, this fish has stolen the spot light with sportsmen visiting  here to fish. Fly fishing for small-mouth has taken a very large popularity due to the abundance and fight of these fish. Pound for pound you will find these fish to fight like no other especially in Maine rivers where they live and build a resilience form living in strong current.

Maine’s White Fish Fishery Maine’s population of white fish is said to be very prolific due to the amount of eggs reared in September and October. This being said, the populations of white perch have dwindled. White was once commercially harvested from Moosehead Lake. Found in only a few select cold, deep, oxygenated glacial lakes in Maine, these fish can grow quite large and are considered slow growing. A three to four pound fish is said to be around 10 years old or more.

Fishing for white fish lends itself to a remote fishing trip at Twin Maple Outdoors. Traveling to the northern reaches of Maine, the fish are found still in abundance and very much desired as a sport fish and excellent table fair. White fish spend their lives in all columns of water but especially near the bottom where they feed on snail and insect larvae. Bigger white fish also feed on smelt and other small bait-fish.

Maine’s White Perch Fishery Maine’s population of white perch is said to be an American original. The fish is considered an excellent sport fish and table fare. Dating back to native Indians, the white perch was and has been most revered as a Maine delicacy and treasure of the fresh water fish species. It is said that the white perch had been located originally as a coastal fish closely related to the stripped bass. The native Indians were first to spread the species inland as we see it today and populations continue to grow and expand.  Either stripped bass or perch can live in fresh, salt or brackish waters.  Size can vary greatly according to the type of habitat and the density of the perch population. A 6-year old perch can be anywhere from 6 to 12 inches long. The average 8 to 10 inch perch weighs about 0.45 pounds and is about 4 years old.

All Maine perch waters are wild and self-sustaining. Due to the prolific nature of this species, fishery biologist and managers have found no need to supplement perch populations with hatchery-reared fish, and there are no hatchery facilities for this species in Maine. Since the introduction of Pike to the Belgrade Lakes, white perch have grown rather large due to the thinning out of the species, which leads to less competition for the food source. As with any body of water, we at Twin Maple Outdoors, encourage the harvest of these fish by law, as it helps populations from becoming over populated and have stunted growth.

Maine’s Muskie Fishery Maine’s population of muskellunge originated from an introductory stocking in Lac Frontiere by the Quebec Government around the late 1960’s. Lac Frontiere lies at the headwaters of the Northwest Branch of the Saint John River, which provides a travel corridor for musky to access waters in Maine. The life expectancy of musky may approach 30 years, but most fisheries are comprised of 3 to 15 year old’s. Musky are one of the largest game fish found in Maine. In 2007, a State record, 31.02-pound musky was caught in Glazier Lake.

Maine’s Pike  Northern pike were initially introduced into Maine in the 1970’s, as the result of an illegal introduction into the Belgrade Chain of Lakes. Subsequent migration within the Belgrade lakes drainage and additional illegal introductions are responsible for an expanding distribution within central and southern Maine. In many waters in Maine, Pike are considered an invasive species and when caught need to be eradicated by law in specified waters by The State of Maine Inland, Fisheries and Wildlife.

 

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