The Winning Fish!
Brian Robichaud - 23¼ Inches/8 lbs. 3 oz.
Guide: Steve Whitman
FISHING 2013We experienced a lot of rain during the summer and all the lakes in our area remained high for most of the season. Increased water depth meant looking for fish where they were not normally found at certain times of the year. But once discovered the fishing action was fast and steady!
Brian Robichaud, on a guided trip, won the 2013 Big Fish of the Year award with a 23 1/4 inch largemouth, weighing in at an impressive 8 Lbs. - 3 oz. He will receive a free day of guiding for two next season, an engraved guide knife, and his picture will be placed in the lodge. To Brian's credit, he landed the "bucket mouth" on 8 lb test line! Jim Solka, a previous Big Fish winner placed second (for a third time) with a beautiful 21 1/2" small mouth weighing in at 5 lbs -9 oz.
The Grand Falls Flowage was closed to the taking of bass in 2012 and is a "catch and release" lake only. This body of water contains some very large smallmouth and with the lake being closed, will only produce larger fish in the future. It would not be a surprise to witness the breaking of the state record ( 8 lbs.), if this water body continues to be regulated and protected in this manner.
- Brian Robichaud 23 1/4"
- Jim Solka 21 1/2"
- Steve Craig 21 1/4"
- Arnie Becker 20 3/4"
- Conor Nee 20 1/2"
Many guests have asked me about what to use for lures in our waters. As a general rule in the Spring, in-line spinners, crank baits and spinner baits are a pretty good bet. As summer warms our waters, fishing speeds need to slow down and plastics become a good choice. Grub tails, jigs, worms, top water baits are all really good. As fall approaches it is a mixed bag. As I tell everyone there is no lure that is best and above all to be flexible depending upon the conditions! There is nothing worse than getting into a rut and using only one type of lure. There is a lot of stuff on the market and each lure has its place in our tackle box!
All fish pictured were caught during the 2013 season
Oh noooo...what do I do now!
The average smallie is about 2 pounds but you will find the 3 to 4 pounder not that unusual. Of course, we have our big fish stories with some over 6 pounds.
Largemouth BassCrawford and Pocomoonshine can provide outstanding largemouth bass fishing. The fish average 3 pounds but can go as high as 8 pounds and can be caught for our entire season. There is also good smallmouth fishing.
Landlocked SalmonThe waters from West Grand and Big Lake watersheds drain down through a relatively narrow channel near the east end of Long Lake. It is through these narrows, just in front of Long Lake camps, that significant number of landlocked salmon pass each May. During September and October, as the waters cool, salmon once again journey through the Long Lake narrows and the spectacular fall foliage makes this a truly special fishing experience.
Grand Lake Stream offers river fishing for landlocked salmon as well as brook trout. From the third week of May through June, two to three pound salmon are common. This is a dam controlled area and fly fishing only.
Our FacilitiesAt Long Lake, we have our own boat launch and docking facilities with electricity. You may bring your own boat or rent one of our boats--14 - 15 foot aluminum with 8 horsepower motors.
Also note that we sell non-resident fishing licenses.
Steve preparing shore lunch
Our traditional Maine guided trips can be a great experience. This experience not only offers fishing our lake and different lakes that surround us, our guides can teach and show you some tactics on getting more and bigger fish!
Throughout the area here, you may see eagles, moose, loons, and many species of water fowl. Your guide will try to tailor your trip to what you want to do. The type of fishing whether you like fly fishing, spin casting, or bait fishing is all possible depending on local conditions and weather. Your guide will try and bring you to where the fish are working and give you the best chance of landing that trophy!
Our guides can take two people per guide in a grand laker canoe, powered with an outboard motor. The canoes have been used by guides since the early 1900 and provides an opportunity "to step back into time" when the world was at a much slower place.
I highly recommend to everyone, even if you have been coming to the north country for years, to experience a guided trip first hand and catch the true feeling on what our area really has to offer.
Fishing SeasonSmallmouth Bass/Landlocked Salmon
Ice out to September 30
October 1 - November 30 is catch & release
Grand Lake Stream (Fly Fishing Only)
4/1 - 9/30; 10/1 -10/20 (Catch and release)
Steve on the flowage!