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Looking to fish on my hobie kayak. I would prefer bodies of water with no power boats allowed. I did penobscot river on a charter last year and caught a ton (but smaller) SM. I am hoping to get something bigger. Not looking for your favorite spots, just lakes/rivers where I can fish on my kayak! Thanks very much!

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On 3/10/2022 at 5:40 PM, Deeare said:

listen to jigfishin.   Stay at this place.    Travis, the owner is a true inspiration/amazing person.  
 

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Thanks for sending this, I was hoping for a body of water where power boats are not allowed. Not too comfortable with boat myself, never driven one before.

On 2/28/2022 at 7:11 PM, MainelyBASS said:

Which portion of Maine are you looking to fish? How far north or south?

 

I am good with either. I will be coming in from Boston so day trip if its south, and 2-3 day fishing trip if its further up.

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On 3/23/2022 at 6:00 AM, dovii said:

 

Thanks for sending this, I was hoping for a body of water where power boats are not allowed. Not too comfortable with boat myself, never driven one before.

 

I am good with either. I will be coming in from Boston so day trip if its south, and 2-3 day fishing trip if its further up.

You really wont go wrong as long as you stick to 1 of 2 areas. The Belgrade Lakes region which includes Cobbessee, Great Pond, and Messalonskee. Or fish the Sebago Lakes region ( except big Sebago). Little Sebago, Panther Pond, Thompson Lake are a few good ones. I may be biased, but Maine is one of the most underrated bass fisheries in the country. My bias is from running the 2nd largest tournament trail in the state. Last year the average winning weight per event, for 5 fish was just shy of 25lbs. The 1st place team at the end of the season, which was 5 events had 114 pounds for the 5 combined events, including a 27lb limit on April 24th on Thompson Lake and a 24lb bag on Little Sebago in August. Great Pond, as mentioned above is typically a smallmouth fishery, but the largemouth that live there are GIANT. Our last event of the season was there and the gentleman who won only targeted largemouth, and weighed in 22lbs for 5. Stay in touch and feel free to ask as many questions as you would like, I can get much more specific on almost any body of water in the state.

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10 hours ago, MainelyBASS said:

Maine is one of the most underrated bass fisheries in the country.

SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

 

Keep it that way!

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17 hours ago, MainelyBASS said:

 Maine is one of the most underrated bass fisheries in the country.

I agree; we are very spoiled. You hear of anglers in other parts of the country who are happy with 4-8 bites during a 6-8 hr day. I'm not sure what I would do....

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On 3/26/2022 at 10:05 PM, MainelyBASS said:

You really wont go wrong as long as you stick to 1 of 2 areas. The Belgrade Lakes region which includes Cobbessee, Great Pond, and Messalonskee. Or fish the Sebago Lakes region ( except big Sebago). Little Sebago, Panther Pond, Thompson Lake are a few good ones. I may be biased, but Maine is one of the most underrated bass fisheries in the country. My bias is from running the 2nd largest tournament trail in the state. Last year the average winning weight per event, for 5 fish was just shy of 25lbs. The 1st place team at the end of the season, which was 5 events had 114 pounds for the 5 combined events, including a 27lb limit on April 24th on Thompson Lake and a 24lb bag on Little Sebago in August. Great Pond, as mentioned above is typically a smallmouth fishery, but the largemouth that live there are GIANT. Our last event of the season was there and the gentleman who won only targeted largemouth, and weighed in 22lbs for 5. Stay in touch and feel free to ask as many questions as you would like, I can get much more specific on almost any body of water in the state.

 

Thank you very much! This is all very helpful!

Its a beautiful state and I had the best day of fishing last year and would like to explore it more on my own! I am going to check out all those spots you mentioned.

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I fished Moose Pond back in September. It was my first New England body of water. In 3 hours of rain I caught 15-20 largemouth with one over 6lbs. My best friend has lived there for 10 years and still hasn't caught one over 5. 

 

Maine is legit.

But you have to be open to what the water gives you...

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Moose is a very good fishery. It is by far my kryptonite of all lakes within a couple hours of my house, but theres plenty of guys that get em every tournament out there. The state record "supposedly" comes out of there, but for the people who know the actual story, (I don't) It actually came from a tiny pond near Moose, but the record holder did not want to blow up his tiny gem of a pond, so the story is that it came from a puddle down the road, but is in the books as Moose Pond

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Best bass fishing in Maine is probably anything in the South-Central part of the state, especially the Greater Augusta Area. Not gonna list all my favorite spots, but virtually any lake in that area is gonna hold sizeable specimens for both species, and you can get some absolutely ridiculous numbers during the summertime. Popular choices in this area include Messalonskee Lake, China Lake, and the Cobboseecontee Drainage. Another bass hotspot exists in the Sebago and Saco River Watersheds, but I've found those areas to be a lot tougher. Sometimes you can spend a whole 6-8 hour day and only pull up three bass at places such as Thompson Lake, Crescent Lake, and Kezar. However, when it comes to pure size and quality, absolutely nothing beats a Western Maine fish. There's a reason the state record was caught from Moose Pond and not Cobbossee. Fewer bass definitely equals bigger bass in my opinion, especially up North. 

On 4/19/2022 at 3:54 PM, MainelyBASS said:

Moose is a very good fishery. It is by far my kryptonite of all lakes within a couple hours of my house, but theres plenty of guys that get em every tournament out there. The state record "supposedly" comes out of there, but for the people who know the actual story, (I don't) It actually came from a tiny pond near Moose, but the record holder did not want to blow up his tiny gem of a pond, so the story is that it came from a puddle down the road, but is in the books as Moose Pond

 

I think I may know the "puddle" you are talking about... Best LMB pond I've ever fished, period.😉

 

Will anyone get the location information out of me??? No. And even if I gave the spot away, there's not much public access to begin with. All I can say is that it's in the same drainage as Moose Pond.

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@JBM Bassin: You fish close to me. 

 

@dovii: I have good luck with smaller bodies of water. For example, China Lake is close to me, but I'll never fish it. Too big. I'm a hog, which means I don't like to share and on a lake like China, there will be other boats. I want quiet as much as bass.

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