Grand Lake Stream near Calais, Maine
Grand lake Stream can be described in just a few short words; best short salmon stream EVER. The salmon are not salmon from the ocean though. They are the landlocked Atlantic verity. Still the fishing is really good from April to about the end of May and again in September to mid-October. The stream also contains nice brookies which provide good fishing in the summer. If you are looking for fishing tips you are in luck, I just happen to have a few. First because the spring melt raises the water in the stream during the spring, weighted ties and sink lines are necessary. When you are faced with the decision to cast near an eddie behind a bolder or to cast to still water near the bank always cast to the bank because the fish seem to prefer hanging out there. At this time of year leaders do not need to be long or fine. The general consensus is that 3 feet is plenty. Good flies to use early in the year are smelt patterned in sizes 4 to 8. The best techniques for fishing those flies is to cast across, throw a mend, and work the fly as slowly as you dare because the water temps will be cold and the fish will not be that aggressive. As the water falls and the temp warms the salmon become more active but they become harder to catch. Streamers fished deep stop producing and the usual nymphs in size 4 to 12 pick up the slack. The best nymphs include Prince, Hares ear, Pheasant Tail, Red Squirrel, and Black Stonefly. Just before the salmon start to leave the river Dark Hendrickson’s and Blue-Winged Olives work. After the salmon leave, the brook trout take center stage. While it’s true the bookies are not as good here as in some of the other river the fishery is still plenty good enough for you to spend some time here. Caddis, terrestrial, Wulff, and Stimulator flies work well. When the water starts to cool down with the first fall cold snaps the brook trout once again are shoved out of the spotlight by the salmon. At that time of the year the water is low and clear so, while you can see the fish the fish can see you. That means you will have to super stealthy to catch anything. Yellow Sallies or large divers work well. As fall moves on the fish become more and more aggressive as they start to spawn. At that time (which is usually the end of September) the season closes but a special catch and release season is open until mid-October. Keep in mind when fishing here, the fishery is well known so during the height of the salmon runs there are going to be a lot of people fishing. As they say, the early bird gets the worm. It’s also a good idea to check in with the local bait shops for up to the day tips before you go fishing. Good luck fishing!
Grand Lake Stream Fishing near Calais, Maine
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Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Stream
Lat/Long: 45.157848 -67.726387
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Description for Grand Lake Stream, Washington County, Maine
Grand Lake Stream is a stream located just 21.9 miles from Calais, in Washington County, in the state of Maine, United States, near Greenlaw Chopping Landing, ME. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including atlantic salmon and brook trout here.
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