Chesuncook Lake Fishing Report near Greenville, Maine
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by Max Smith
on April 16th
Chesuncook Lake, the third largest lake in Maine, has an odd problem. The salmon fishing is so good they have overpopulated themselves and the average size has suffered. The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has put in place a slot limit and urges anglers to kill their limit. I don't know any other lake that is unhappy with having a salmon population that only averages 15 inches. In the spring you can find most of the fish in the north and south sides of the Caribou Lake seiont. Try trolling slowly near the shorelines with the usual techniques. Drifint with bait or casting big tandem spinnerbaits or big streamers will also yield nice fish. Bu the time summer comes around the fish have moved deep and deep-water trolling techniques work the best. The best fishing will be found near the deep trench that runs north-south and extends the length of the lake. If you get bored of that, try fishing for white perch. Focus on the south end of the lake and the north end, near Gero Island,. Begin drifting with bait in about 30ft of water. Once you find a school of fish, anchor and try jigging swedish pimples or small jigs tipped with a little bait or soft plastics. If cusk are more your thing, you will find a good population in the area. Try night fishing in the shallows, especially near inlets, with dead fish or worms on the bottom.
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