By Richard Yvon – Twin Maple Outdoors
Good Salmon fishing in the fall depends on water flow and cooler water temperatures. This year has been dry but we have had some rain fall so fishing should be good! In September, days become short, the rain season starts, controlled release of water from dams aid in rising waters. As all this happens, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, and Salmon commence to their annual spawning ritual.
Landlocked salmon are a freshwater form of the sea-run Atlantic salmon. They are commonly referred to as a cousin of the Atlantic salmon. This is a result of the deposits of the reseeding oceans from when Maine was covered with a sheet of ice. Prior to 1868, landlocked salmon populations occurred in only four river basins in Maine: the St. Croix, including West Grand Lake in Washington County; the Union, including Green Lake in Hancock County; the Penobscot, including Sebec Lake in Piscataquis County; and the Presumpscot, including Sebago Lake in Cumberland County. Cathance Lake in Washington County was probably the first Maine Lake to be artificially stocked with landlocked salmon. This occurred in 1868, using salmon eggs obtained at Grand Lake Stream the previous year. Today, landlocked salmon provide the primary fishery in 176 lakes comprising nearly 500,000 acres. They are present and provide incidental fisheries in an additional 127 waters comprising about 160,000 acres. Maine supports one of the largest sport fisheries for this species in the world. Landlocked salmon also provide good fisheries in 44 rivers and streams totaling about 290 miles. Land Locked Salmon was the first game fish species to be disseminated throughout the state for the purpose of generating a sport fishery. The Landlocked Salmon, (Salmo salar Sebago,) was designated the official state fish of Maine in 1969. Fishing in the fall for Land Lock Salmon becomes all about the November spawn.
The major insect hatches for the summer is over. Salmon bite on just about any fly but focus on only on thing…Spawning.
Salmon become territorial and love to strike streamers as an invader. They will bite nymphs, egg and worm imitations as well.
Camping on the banks Maine’s wilderness lakes can be a rewarding experience.
What makes a happy ending to a successful day of Salmon fishing is the reward of table fair. Cleaning and prepping salmon for the pan is a pleasure when you can clean a Salmon down the lateral line and eliminate bones! Having clean, boneless Salmon is a treat to cook and eat!