Downeast Bass Fishing Report

Smallmouth bass fishing in Eastern Maine is very popular.  With dozens of waters to choose from in Hancock and Washington counties anglers constantly ask which waters are the best.  Over the last 25 years the Jonesboro office has compiled average angler hourly catch rates and sizes of smallmouth bass from the best size and catch rate waters in Downeast Maine.  Below is a table listing waters in alphabetical order showing their average hourly catch rates and average sizes to help anglers decide for themselves which water offers the bass fishing opportunity that best suites them.

Bass Photo

Bass - Long Pond MDI 2009 Eben Salvator

Lake
County
Town
Catch/Hour.
Average Length
Beech Hill Pond
Hancock
Otis
4.5 - 5.7
8.9"
Branch Lake
Hancock
Ellsworth
2.9 - 4.0
11.0"
Georges Pond
Hancock
Franklin
2.0
12.8"
Graham Lake
Hancock
Ellsworth
0.7 - 2.7
11.7"
Green Lake
Hancock
Ellsworth
1.3 - 3.7
11.7"
Hatcase Pond
Hancock
Dedham
3.2
8.9"
Silver Lake
Hancock
Bucksport
0.5
11.0"
Big Lake
Washington
Princeton
2.9 - 4.6
9.5"
Cathance Lake
Washington
Cooper
3.8 - 12.8
9.1"
Clifford Lake
Washington
T26 ED
1.4 - 2.4
12.5"
Gardner Lake
Washington
East Machias
2.5
10.5"
Grand Falls Flowage
Washington
Princeton
1.8 - 3.1
12.3"
Love Lake
Washington
Alexander
2.8
12.5"
Lower St Croix River
Washington
Baileyville
4.7
11.2"
Meddybemps Lake
Washington
Meddybemps
5.3 - 7.7
10.1"
Nashes Lake
Washington
Calais
7.3
9.5"
Pleasant Lake
Washington
Alexander
5.2
12.4"
Pocomoonshine Lake
Washington
Alexander
2.0 - 6.1
10.5"
Schoodic Lake
Washington
Cherryfield
16.0
9.8"
Silver Pug Lake
Washington
T26 ED
0.32
12.9"
Third Machias Lake
Washington
T43 MD
.58 - 1.2
12.6"
Wabasses Lake
Washington
T43 MD
1.8 - 3.5
13.6"
West Grand Lake
Washington
Grand Lake Stream
2.2 - 5.4
10.6"
Woodland Flowage
Washington
Baileyville
1.8 - 8.0
10.9"

 

Bass Photo

Kevin with a bass on Main Stream

While scanning this list, anglers need to remember that the catch rates reflect a range of average angler ability to catch bass on a per hour basis in May and June.  These catch rates and average fish sizes are not from expert anglers.  The catch rates also reflect the different conditions that existed on the days fished, as well as fluctuations in age class and overall fish abundance that occur from year to year through environmental factors.  If you closely examine the list a trend becomes apparent -  the higher the catch rates the smaller the average size of the bass.  We hope you find this information helpful and interesting.  Please contact us at the Downeast Regional Headquarters if you have questions regarding the quality of bass fishing in Eastern Maine (207) 434-5925.

Greg Burr
Regional Fisheries Biologist - Jonesboro