Anglers in Maine have abundant opportunities to enjoy fishing this fall, but it’s essential to be aware of the water bodies that close to fishing due to the spawning of fish species, as recently announced by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. While many waters closed to fishing on October 1st, there are still hundreds of lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds that remain open for anglers to explore. Additionally, the rainy summer has resulted in lowered recreational fishing, which means there are more hungry fish for fall anglers to target.
If you’re wondering where to go angling this fall, Greg Burr of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife suggests several promising locations. For fly fishing enthusiasts, Grand Lake Stream is a top choice, especially if you’re looking to catch salmon. You can enjoy fishing on this stream until October 25th. Burr also recommends targeting salmon in Donnell Pond in Franklin, Long Pond and Echo Lake in Southwest Harbor, and Beech Hill Pond in Otis.
For those interested in brook trout, there are several “must-fish” waters to explore. Witch Hole Pond in Bar Harbor, Echo Lake in Southwest Harbor, Simmons Pond in Hancock, Upper Hadlock Pond in Northeast Harbor, and Monroe Lake in T 43 MD are excellent locations to try your luck.
While most Downeast lakes and ponds remain open for fishing, it’s important to be aware of any changes in recreational fishing rules that may come into effect with the changing season. Before you head out on your angling adventure, make sure to check for any special regulations that may apply to the water bodies you plan to fish. This will help ensure a successful and enjoyable fishing experience as you take advantage of the bountiful angling opportunities this fall in Maine.