Thinking of fishing Moosehead Lake during your visit? Great idea! Moosehead Lake’s waters are home to over 15 species of fish, including landlocked salmon, lake trout, brook trout, rainbow smelt, and smallmouth bass.
Moosehead Lake is a fisher’s paradise. The lake has over 75,000-acres to fish and is surrounded by many other excellent rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams. People come from all over to fish the lake, and why not? It’s such beautiful country and offers no end of fishing options.
Prefer to fish from the shore? Moosehead Lake has more than 400 miles of shoreline you can explore. Add in all the adjacent or adjoining rivers, streams, ponds, and other bodies of water and you’re in angling heaven.
You say you prefer fly-fishing to angling? Perfect. Moosehead Lake is a well known fly-fishing destination with lots of pools, pocket waters, and rapids to flick your fly over. Visiting during wintertime? Don’t despair. Moosehead Lake is is also known for its ice-fishing!
Maybe you’d rather get out on the water? No problem. Both motor boats and manual craft are welcome on Moosehead Lake and can be rented locally. The lake has two boat ramps, and canoes and kayaks can be be put in at numerous locations. Some of the other area lakes and ponds also allow watercraft.
Best of all, Greenville has all the services you need for a fun and successful time. Licensees, boat rentals, gear outfitters, fishing guides, and more.
Fishing Moosehead Lake in Summer
Moosehead Lake Summer Fishing Season runs from May 1st through September 30th. Fish found in the lake include smallmouth bass, lake trout, landlocked salmon, cusk, rainbow smelt, white and yellow perch, and sunfish.
Some of the most popular public fishing sites at the lake are located in Greenville Junction, Rockwood, and Seboomook. Popular non-lake destinations include Sawyer Pond, which is a great place for beginning anglers, and Mountain View Pond, which is excellent for brook trout. Prong Pond is nice for canoes and kayaks, with lots of coves and small islands to explore. Here you’ll catch smallmouth bass, brook trout, and both white and yellow perch.
The East Outlet of the Kennebec River is fly fishing only, with ample brook trout and salmon all year long but especially in the spring and fall. Upstream Moose River, which empties into Moosehead Lake, is a popular spot with fly-fishers after salmon or trout.
“The best place to fish on Moosehead Lake” depends an a number of factors. These include the type of fishing you want to do, the type of fish you’re after, what time of year it is, and so forth. If you’d like a hand figuring it all out, just let us know. We’ll help you connect with one of our popular, local fishing guides. They’ll get you going in the right direction and can even take you out on a guided fishing expedition.
Ice-Fishing Moosehead Lake
Once the snow flies and the lake freezes over, it’s ice-fishing time! The lake typically freezes over by mid-January, at the very latest. Ice-fishing season on Moosehead Lake officially begins January 1st and runs through to April 30th.
If you’ve never gone ice-fishing before, you’re missing out on a very unique and fun form of fishing.
You drill a hole in the ice, setup your “tip-up” or jigging rod, and wait for the fish to start biting. More often than not, a portable ice shack protects you from the elements as you fish. It can be a lot of fun, with all your cooking gear, food, and chairs out on the ice. Some even use snowmobiles or ATVs to reach their ice fishing spots, making it even more of an adventure.
Brook trout, cusk, togue, and salmon are all common winter catches, with many salmon caught right under the ice. It’s important to remember that any salmon caught before February 15th must be released without being removed from the water, however.
Free Fishing Weekends and More
Maine provides a couple of free fishing weekends each year where anyone can fish, license or not. All other fishing laws and regulations apply, of course. Maine Free Fishing Weekends for 2022 are February 19-20 and June 4-5.
Anyone wanting to fish in Maine outside these free weekends will need to acquire a Maine fishing license. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with state fishing rules and regulations before you get your line wet. You may also need a little advice about where to go, what bait to use, and so on. The state has also put together an excellent and free, Maine Fishing Guide pdf you’ll want to peruse.
Fishing Moosehead Lake is a popular activity but it can be overwhelming or even disappointing if you are not properly prepared. Let Lodge at Moosehead Lake get you pointed in the right direction with information on where to source fishing gear, licenses, and even a guide, if you wish.
Moosehead Lake fishing guides love what they do and are your best bet for getting an insider’s knowledge of the best fishing spots and times for the lake. If a guided fishing trip, or any other adventure, strikes your fancy, just let us know. Sharing Moosehead Lake with our guests is both our mission and passion, here at Lodge at Moosehead Lake. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!