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The Aroostook River offers top-notch trout fishing



The whole month of June offers top notch brook trout fishing all along the Aroostook River, perhaps the most reliable and consistent action of the entire season. Best of all, no matter what your fishing style – worm rigs, fly casting, lure casting or trolling – everyone will catch trout and often big ones.

The whole month of June offers top notch brook trout fishing all along the Aroostook River, perhaps the most reliable and consistent action of the entire season. Best of all, no matter what your fishing style – worm rigs, fly casting, lure casting or trolling – everyone will catch trout and often big ones.

Another advantage of this waterway that runs from the streams and marshes beyond Oxbow is that along its long, winding path, the Aroostook passes through or approaches at least a dozen towns and villages before to enter Canada at Fort Fairfield.

While a canoe or small boat helps anglers explore more water, it’s amazing how many fish are caught on boat landings, roadside shores, and even just residents’ backyards. by launching from the bank of the river. There are several maintained boat launches with parking in various communities and dozens of rugged roadside boat launches from two lanes and country roads from side highways and paved along either side of the river road.

Until the area suffers a week or more of over 80 degree days, the trout will remain well dispersed throughout the river. Recent cool nights, moderate days, and intermittent rains will prevent fish from aggregating in deep holes and coves for at least two or three weeks. People who wish to spend about half an hour casting from any shore near a road should look for a whirlpool, creek mouth, or small island close enough that they can be reached with lures or bait. .

The wading stretches of the Aroostook River this month allow anglers to cast steamboats or dry flies if the trout come up. It is likely that anglers will catch several swagger-sized trout like this beauty captured by the author. (Courtesy of Bill Graves)

Worms still function, trout react quickly to the smell, movement and appearance of their most common natural food. For slow streams, such as bogans, backwaters and eddies, a fresh earthworm on a size 6 hook with a small 6-8 inch sinker above the hook and a foam float or a plastic float will work. The float is attached 2 to 4 feet from the line depending on the depth of the water, then it’s a “bait and wait” game. I suggest redesigning to a new location if there is no action within five or ten minutes.

Anglers who prefer more active fishing may cast and retrieve a worm-baited hook through the likely pools. If there is a little current in the water, adding a moderate size sinker allows the bait to “bounce off the bottom”, presenting the worm to the trout over a larger portion. from the river. Some anglers add flash in the form of a spinner above the hook, silver and gold are good options, but I actually prefer a pearl-colored spinner, which is a bit harder to find. , but worth it.

Lure casting from the river bank also works well, proven trout takers include an original red and white dardevle from Eppinger, a Luhr Jensen Super Duper in silver / red and a goldfish from Al. These lures should be 1 ½ to 2 inches in length and about ¼ ounce in weight. However, for trolling, the water is generally deeper, averaging 3 to 6 feet, and requires large, heavier lures, about twice the size of the cast models.

Some of the best holding ponds on the Aroostook River require waders to fish properly, but a dozen trout on a floating dry fly can be the reward, like this one about to be released by Bill Graves. (Courtesy of Bill Graves)

Sutton spoons are hard to find but sizes 8, 44 and 88 are perfect on current water levels and all silver or double sided silver / copper lures are a safe bet. A pounded copper moose wobbler produces action year after year. Use upward and downstream S-shaped trolling maneuvers to cover more water and change the speed, movement and depth of the lures behind.

I’m a big fan of the Aroostook River trolling streamers, not in tandem like the ones used on the lakes, but size 4 or 6 single hook models that are 1 ½ to 2 inches in length. A Gray Ghost, Miss Sharon, Magog Smelt, Black Dace, or a Herb Johnson Special will all catch trout. I highly recommend bringing a 5 or 6 weight dry fly rod with a floating line in the boat. There are bound to be bug outbreaks throughout the day all this month, and anchoring to cast to rising brookies is fun, fast, and furious surface fishing. Try a light Cahill, a dun blue, a Hendrickson, a Henryville special or a gray Jim slim dry fly in size 14 or 16.

Any athlete living between Houlton and Fort Kent can fish any part of the Aroostook River within a 45-minute drive. Launch from the shore, float a boat, or don a set of waders after mid-June to reach hundreds of productive trails lined with chunky brookies. 12- and 14-inch fish are common and one group is over 18 inches, now it’s a tug-of-war to hold onto a light dry fly rod. The Aroostook River is in prime condition this month for all styles of fishing, visit soon.



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