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June 7th, 2018
It’s no secret to anyone who lives around these parts, and especially to river fishermen and boaters – water levels are WICKED low. In fact, I just checked the USGS streamflow chart, and the flow today on the Sheepscot River is 47.7 cubic feet per second. They’ve been keeping records on that river for 79 years, and the lowest previous flow for June 6 was in 1985, at 58.1 cfs! I checked various other reporting stations on four major rivers around the state, and each one was also registering record low flows. The only good news, at least for the trout in our local rivers, is that the weather has been unusually cool lately – let’s hope it stays that way, and that we get some serious rain.
On a more positive note, I’ve been fishing the St. George River lately, and also hearing reports from my pals, and the fishing in Searsmont, Appleton and Union, has been pretty decent. The cool weather and rain of recent days has kept the water temperatures tolerable for trout. There have been decent mayfly hatches, and lots of small caddis. The zebra caddis have not appeared yet, but I’m hoping to see their large, dark shapes fluttering any day. I guided two gents last Sunday, and between them they landed several nice trout, both browns and brooks, as well as a few smallmouth, and several good sized white perch. And, for extra entertainment value, the alewives were streaming past us by the thousands. One important thing to keep in mind if you catch a trout in the river these days is to take the time to revive it when you’re releasing it. The trout we landed were pretty slow to swim away after the fight; I held them in the current for two or three minutes before they scooted off.
I heard from two spin fishermen that they had very good fishing for largemouth in a local pond last week, and then they fished Lake Megunticook with guide Clifton Ames and got lots of small and largemouth bass.
Up north, the fishing on East Outlet is beginning to heat up. Wet fly fishing has been excellent, and fly hatches are just beginning. Nymphing has been the best producing method, and some very large fish are coming to hand, as well as breaking off flies. And Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop in Greenville says that pond dry fly fishing for brook trout in that area is about as good right now as it ever gets.
Salt water fishing isn’t really happening around here yet, although we have heard a few reports of striper sightings locally. It’s another story on the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, however. Lots of stripers are being caught, especially fishing deep with bucktail jigs from boats. Fly fishers are also reporting excellent fishing at Popham Beach, and we’ve heard of some very large fish coming from various locations on the Georgetown peninsula. They ought to be showing up here any day, as well as mackerel and squid.
Get out there, and have fun! -Paul and Seth