It's become an annual tradition. Every year I fish the gin clear waters of Grand Lake Stream on 1 April, which is opening day for open water fishing in Maine. There are lots of places to fish year round in Maine, but I like the idea of an opening day as a sort of "winter is on it's way out" date.
Opening day at Grand Lake Stream this year fell on a Monday. It was good to get all my gear packed and head out to Canalside Cabins for my annual trek. Canalside Cabins, owned my John and Mary Arcaro, are open year round, and cater to ice fisherman and snowmobiles in the winter. Friendly as only Mainers can be, John is always good for the latest fishing reports. Monday morning brought snow, cloudy skies, and 30 mph winds, which lasted all day. It was good to see the return of the "Bean Boot" to Grand Lake Stream for the season opener. I saw one guy anchored out in the dam pool in a pontoon boat catch several fish at daybreak, but that was it. There was also two guys in a canoe! No one else was catching fish, not even seeing fish, which is very unusual. Water flow was low (300 and some change). I'm sure some folks did, but I did not see them. Several Hours later the sun came out, which made for a beautiful day, though water temps and wind chased me back to the Pine Tree store for some home made chili. I love the Pine Tree Store as it has a little bit of everything - flies, groceries, a great little diner inside with great food, and friendly service. Also a great place to gather the latest fishing intelligence reports!
I plan on heading out in mid-April to get on the scoreboard and do some recon for some guiding trips I will be doing in early May. As you can see in the photo of West Grand Lake, there is still lots of ice. We will be doing some spring trolling for land-locked salmon coming soon as the fish come out of the depths of the lake to chase spawning smelt, their favorite food. Stay tuned for more upcoming adventures!