Early Ice Out - 1st day out
<p>Record early ice out on many Maine lakes is a real treat extending our fishing sesaon,this combined with mild weather has started "ice out mania" in southern and central maine. We chose to start the season on Lake Auburn in Androscoggin County, on Saturday April 3rd. Our usual early method in fishing for landlocked salmon consists of trolling sewed smelts at a very slow speed 1-1.2 miles per hour. The day started out extremely foggy with difficulty in navigating, limiting our fishing area to known landmarks. We boated a beautiful landlocked about 20.5 inches early in the trip as our first fish of the year. Later we caught a 15 inch small mouth bass. When the fog lifted around midmorning the heat, bright sun and lack of wind slowed the fishing considerably and we headed home to work on our "honey do lists"
About The Author: Bill Laflamme
Company: Fin and Feather Seekers Guide Service
Area Reporting: Central and Western Maine
Bio: I am a fourth generation Maine outdoorsman and have been a Registered Maine guide for over 23 years. I also possess a degree in wildlife management from the University of Maine and am a former employee of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. I guide for trout salmon and bass in addition to upland bird and waterfowl hunting