September is here and the cooler nights and increased rainfall are setting us up for some great trout and landlocked salmon fishing. Time to break out the 4 wt and 5 wt and put your bass rods aside. Our two favorite places to fish are the West Branch of the Penobscot River and Grand Lake Stream. Check out our "Fly fishing rivers" page on our website, and our information links on these waters by going to "www.chickhillguideservice.com". Both of these waters are listed in Trout Unlimited's "America's 100 best trout streams". Give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions.
Well, it was a rainy, late August day on the river. The winds were calm, and there was a steady drizzle of rain. We started late morning and fished until dark. I think the longest time we went without catching a fish was ten minutes. I had the pleasure of yet another Father/Son team (my favorite thing) and they had at least 8 doubles! In addition to smallmouth, we caught yellow perch, a chub (no one will own up to it) and various "shellcrackers" as they call them down south. Several of the fish caught were completely full of crayfish. So another great day fishing for smallmouth in Maine, and the best part...making new friends, who have promised me a duck hunt in South Texas, something I always wanted to do. Thanks Russell and Hunter, for a great day!
This year I was privileged to guide three father/son fishing teams. Several days ago I was able to guide my first father/daughter team. They were both new to fishing, and we all had a blast. She caught her first fish ever, and even got to drive the boat. Thank you for allowing me to participate in this special family event!
It's that time of year.....the bass bite is HOT, and now is the time to get out on the river, pond or lake! Spinning rods or fly rods, lures or flies, the bass are hitting everything. Check out our website at "www.chickhillguideservice.com" and give us a call.
Spent the last couple of days with some good friends from Florida, a Father/Son team (The son has never fly fished before). I took them to Grand Lake stream, and minutes after giving them some instruction, both caught fish! Needless to say, they were both ecstatic, and solid fly fishing converts. Great 2 days........
In the last two weeks I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of guiding three Father/Son teams as we chased small mouth bass and salmon. It was some of the best guiding days I have experienced. It was a real joy to see them compete with each other for biggest fish, most fish, smallest fish, etc., but more importantly, seeing them spend quality time together. Thanks for letting me be part of your day!
Water temps are on the rise, and it looks like it is time to shift from trolling lakes and ponds and start chasing trout and salmon, and of course, Mr. Smallmouth! Will be fishing the Grand Lake Stream area for the next couple of days, and reports are the bass bite is on, and the stream is running hot! This is one of the better fishing years I have experienced.
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Smallmouth action is on! Spent the weekend guiding several groups on several of the lakes in the Grand Lake Stream area. Water temps hit 63 degrees on saturday, and the bass are really starting to wake up. Caught 42 fish one day, and easily missed another 40 or so. Great day on the water. Give us a call.......this is going to be a tremendous fishing year in Maine!
There are tons of remote ponds in Maine where wild, native brook trout live. Getting to them makes for a day long adventure. Spent the day at one of these beautiful ponds. Water temps are still a bit low, and the lily pads are just now starting to poke their heads out of the muddy bottom. We saw a couple of tadpoles, so the explosion into summer is not far off. Also counted 4 beaver lodges, with quite a bit of construction going on (workers were unavailable for comment). All in all, a great day. The hump out was not too bad, though the ever present black flies let it be known they were on watch!
May 12th.....Sun was starting to peek out.....water temps in the low fifties. Took the boat out for a couple of hours to check out fishing conditions. Took my youngest crew member with me. Hooked into this nice salmon after trolling for a half hour. Fish are definitely moving into the shallows to feed.