What’s going on!? Jeff Hesketh here and today I wanted to give you the Top Five Bass Fishing Lakes in Maine. I’ve been know for being a #nooffseason fisherman but Bass Fishing holds a special place in my heart.
Maine has been known for it’s trout and salmon fishing, but Maine is not just a leader in Northeast anymore. With healthy populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass in rivers, lakes and ponds, the Pine Tree State offers some of the best two-species fishing in the East.
You’ll find the best largemouth fishing is in the southern half of the state, while smallmouths abound in the northern portions. Due in part to the recent, unexpected surge in interest in bass fishing in the state, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been quick to protect the resource.
The spring bass fishing season is open from April 1 to June 30 using artificial lures only. There is a one-fish daily bag limit and a minimum length of 10 inches during the spring spawning period. These regulations are designed to protect breeding fish during the spawn.
Top Bass Fishing Lakes in Maine
The king of all freshwater gamefish is the largemouth bass, the most sought after species in Maine. Part of that is because the fish is found throughout most of the U.S., but mostly it’s because they’re relatively easy to catch and they put up a fun fight.
There are so many amazing bass lakes in Maine that could call for a top 10 bass fishing lakes in Maine (which will happen). But nevertheless, here is our top 5 undeniably awesome lakes for bass fishing, including some mention for smallmouths.
Top Bass Fishing Lakes in Maine
#5. Androscoggin Lake
Androscoggin Lake also provides important fisheries for black bass and chain pickerel. The lake is particularly well known for producing unusually large pickerel. A landlocked alewife population was established in Androscoggin Lake in the 1980’s.
The alewives are thought to have reached the lake by migration of the offspring of alewives which were stocked by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in the upper Androscoggin River in the early 1970’s. Landlocked alewives currently seem to be providing excellent forage for the lake’s gamefish.
The tremendous improvement in the growth rate of bass is particularly heartening. Nevertheless, Fishery Division biologists believe caution is the byword in evaluating this situation since little is known about the long term stability of landlocked alewives as a prey species and, further, alewives may prove detrimental to other impor- tant fish populations, especially smelts.
Androscoggin Lake Fishing Tips:
One of the best kept secrets of this lake in the river that feeds into it. The Dead River has some of the best fishing in the State and if you visit this lake be sure to keep out the Dead River.
Biological surveys of Bear and Little Bear Ponds in 1953 showed that both ponds contained suitable habitat for smallmouth bass Transfers of several dozen adult bass occurred into these ponds in 1956 and 1957. Biologists resurveyed the pond in 1963 and found numerous naturally spawned bass indicating a successful introduction.
Largemouth bass are now established and now anglers can enjoy excellent fishing for both species. Bear Pond is highly developed with limited access. A privately owned boat launch facility is available to the general public for a small fee.
Bear Pond Fishing Tips:
When fishing Bear pond I like to use the Neko Rig. The Neko rig starts as a wacky rig. But truth be told it’s the exact opposite of a wacky rig because of how the worm is displayed to the fish. Where a drop shot is a horizontal presentation mostly fished vertically, the Neko rig is a vertical presentation fished horizontally. A good color to use on bear pond is green pumpkin.
Kezar Lake is rather unique in that it provides great fishing for three species of coldwater fish and several warm- water species. Of the three cold water species, probably hand- lining for smelts is the most popular. An excellent baitfish population others forage for Largemouth and Smallmouth. Ranked 92nd on Bassmaster’s Best Bass Lakes of 2015.
Kezar Lake Fishing Tips:
My go to baits on Kezar Lake are flat sided crankbaits and jerkbaits. This lake has a great population of smallmouth bass and you can have an amazing day of bass fishing using these lures mid-summer.
China Lake is a large lake located northeast of Augusta. The lake’s two basins are quite different. The east basin is rather long and narrow with an irregularly shaped shoreline and many islands. The maximum depth is just 50 feet and much of this basin is less than 30 feet deep.
The shoreline of the east basin is highly developed with seasonal and year round homes. Ranked 39th on Bassmaster’s Best Bass Lakes of 2015. China Lake is noted for its outstanding smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing. Some places you go to catch monsters others you go to catch them all. China Lake is know for having a lot off bass and some anglers have report 100 fish days.
China Lake Fishing Tips:
I love using the NED rig when I visit China Lake. This lake is know for having an abundance of fish and the Ned rig was designed to catch a lot of fish. The Ned rig is an amazing bait to use during Spring Bass fishing, when bass are about to spawn.
#1. Cobbosseecontee Lake
Cobbosseecontee Lake also known as Cobbossee Lake is located in Manchester, Monmouth, Litchfield, West Gardiner, Winthrop, Maine. Cobbosseecontee Lake is one of central Maine’s largest body of water. It features 2 boat launching facilities, one town owned facility located in Monmouth and the other at the north end in Manchester.
Cobbossee Lake fishing is noted for its outstanding smallmouth and largemouth bass populations. Many of the state’s largest bass have come from this lake and it is considered one of the best bass lakes in the Northeast. Ranked 33rd on Bassmaster’s Best Bass Lakes of 2015. There is good reason why this lake takes the number one spot on our Top Bass Fishing Lakes in Maine.
Cobbosseecontee Lake Fishing Tips:
One of the biggest drawbacks to being the number one ranks bass fishing lake in Maine, is fishing pressure. People for all over New England come to fish this lake. In fact, anglers come form all over the nation often visit. I’ve seen vehicle license plates from Alaska at the boat launch. So when you fish high pressured lakes focus on what others may miss.
Off Shore bass fishing: Locate schools of bass off shore holding on underwater points and other structure using depth finders. This is a great way to find bass that haven’t been over fished. After the spawn bass can be found schooled up off shore.
Finesse fishing: Finesse fishing is not a new method of fishing and actually, I prefer to call it light-line fishing. Smaller baits, smaller weights, lighter line and medium action fast-tip rods move the bait slower.
Top Bass Fishing Lakes in Maine Conclusion
I hope this article was helpful for those wanting to find new places to fish for bass in the great state of Maine. I wish you nothing but success this fishing season and if you have anymore questions please feel free to email me at Jeff.Hesketh@207outdoors.com
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