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10/22/10 – high water – wind

10/22/10 – Well October isn’t doing us any favors. Last week it was high winds and high water. Spey Rod bent by the windThis week the high water is still around and the winds haven’t dropped much. Blue Winged Olive hatches have been poor to not happening BUT there are fish out there and they can still be caught.

Just to give you an idea how hard the wind blew take a look at my Spey Rod in the picture above. The bend in the rod is from 20 mile-per-hour winds. It was hard to hold the rod out there with one hand while I took the picture with the other hand.

However, it was worth fighting the wind because near that boulder that I’m pointing at there was a Landlocked Salmon and he took my fly. With wind like that I’d never have reached that rock without a Spey Rod – they do have their uses.

The wind will be with us tomorrow (gusts to 30 miles-per-hour) but things will calm down on Sunday. The rain is supposed to hold off until Sunday night which makes me happy because I have to work on Saturday but Sunday I can hit the water. I’ll probably fish Monday also with or without the showers – not much time left.

It’s hard to guess what the water flows are going to be. The East Outlet is running at 1,813CFS and one can hope it will drop but it’s not likely as the Moose River is flowing into Moosehead at 3,564CFS. That’s more in than out and so they will probably bump the East even higher. But like I said earlier this year I’ve decided high water is no excuse for not fishing. Unless the water is DIRTY I’m still going to hit it. The section of river in the picture above normally flows around 1,500CFS – that day it was over 4,000CFS. The good thing about that kind of flow is the fish don’t like it either so they hang in eddies and near shore where I can reach them without having to wade deep and risk life and limb.

That’s about it for today’s update – hatches are few and fishable water is scarce – but the fish are still biting and winter is coming fast. If you can get out there be sure and go. It’s a long time until May and good conditions.

And here’s list of some moving open water’s you might want to hit.

Crooked River, Albany to Casco, etc. (Cumberland and Oxford Counties): S-1. • From Route 35 (North Waterford), to Route 11 (Casco): April 1 – September 30: S-5; S-22; minimum length limit on landlocked salmon: 26 inches.
• From Bolster’s Mill Road bridge downstream to Route 11 in Casco: October 1 – October 15, S-5, S-22; minimum length limit on salmon: 26 inches. All other fish caught must be released alive at once.

Mattawamkeag River, Haynesville, Weston, Bancroft, Reed Plt., Drew Plt., Kingman Twp. From the Route 171 bridge in Reed Plt., downstream to the Route 170 bridge in Kingman: Remains open to open
water fishing from October 1 – December 31. S-6, S-7.

Passadumkeag River. From Saponac Lake downstream to its confluence with the Penobscot River, Grand Falls Twp., Burlington, Lowell, Summit Twp., Passadumkeag. Open to open water fishing
and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31: S-33. From October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Penobscot River, West Branch, from the dam at North Twin Lake to Quakish Lake, T3 Indian Purchase, Millinocket. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Penobscot River, West Branch, Medway dam to the confluence of East and West Branches in Medway, Medway. S-33. The area within 150 feet of any part of the Medway Dam, including the powerhouse: closed to fishing at all time. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Pushaw Stream, Hudson, etc. From the railroad bridge in Hudson downstream to Pushaw Lake and from Pushaw Lake downstream to Stillwater River: Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31. S-6, S-7.

Sebasticook River, East Branch, Newport, Plymouth, Detroit. S-19. General Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply from April 1 – September 30. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Seboeis Stream, Howland. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31. S-6, S-7.

Grand Lake Stream, Grand Lake Stream Plantation, etc. S-5 from April 1 – October 20, including that portion of the stream adjacent to the hatchery pools. Closed to all fishing within 150 feet of Grand Lake Stream dam. From April 1 – August 15: S-19, S-22. From October 1- 20: All fish caught must be released alive at once.

Great Works River, South Berwick, North Berwick. From Route 9 downstream to the confluence with Salmon Falls River; From October 1 – March 31: S-6. All fish caught must be released at once.

Black River, Big, T14R14&15, etc. S-13. From October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-13. Open to taking bass and muskellunge only. From the confluence of Five Mile Brook in T15R14 WELS upriver to the confluence of Depot Stream in T14R15 WELS. A. S-13, S-19.

Daaquam River, T11R17 WELS. S-13. From October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-13. Open to taking bass and muskellunge only.

St. John River, T11R16&17, T12R15&16, T13R14&15, T14R13&14, T15R13, T16R12 WELS, Allagash, St. Francis (upstream of the confluence with the St. Francis River). S-13. From October 1 –
November 30: S-6, S-13. Open to taking bass and muskellunge only.

Carrabassett River.
• From its source in Carrabassett Valley downstream to Rt. 146 crossing: S-5, S-19. From October 1 – October 31, S-5, S-21.
• From Rt. 146 crossing to its confluence with the Kennebec River in North Anson: S-19. From October 1 – October 31: S-6, S-21.
• From its confluence with the West Branch of the Carrabassett River to Rt. 146 crossing: Children 16 years of age and under may fish under S-4.

Dead River.
• From the outlet of Flagstaff Lake to the confluence with the Kennebec River at The Forks: S-6, S-13. Minimum length limit on brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 12 inches. Total daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 2 fish. Remains open from October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-7. • From Grand Falls to the confluence of Spencer Stream, including all unnamed tributaries: S-7.

Dead River, South Branch, from Route 16 bridge in Dallas Plt. to Langtown Mill bridge: S-19. Remains open from October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-7.

Rangeley River, Rangeley. S-1.
• That portion of Rangeley Lake and Rangeley River from two red markers set about 300 feet above the fish screen downstream to the confluence of the Rangeley and Kennebago Rivers: S-5. Daily limit: 1 fish.
• From downstream side of dam on outlet of Rangeley Lake to the confluence of the Rangeley and Kennebago River, remains open from October 1 – 31: S-5, S-7.

Sandy River, Madrid, Philips, Strong, etc.
• From its origin at the outlet of the Sandy River Ponds to the upper (Route 142) bridge in Phillips: S-6, S-13, S-19, S-33.
• From the upper (Route 142) bridge in Phillips, downstream to its confluence with the Kennebec River, Starks and Norridgewock: S-13, S-19, S-33. From October 1 – October 31: S-6, S-21, S-33.

Swift River, Byron, etc. From the Rt. 17 bridge crossing located south of Coos Canyon in Byron, south to the confluence with the Androscoggin River: Remains open from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Moosehorn Stream, Bucksport. Remains
open to open water fishing from
October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-7.

Kennebec River, East Outlet. From Moosehead Lake downstream to the red markers at Indian Pond: Open to fishing April 1. From April 1 – April 30: S-5, S-7. From May 1 – September 30: S-5. Total daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 1 fish. Minimum length on trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 14 inches. From October 1 – 31: S-5, S-7. From the dam at Moosehead Lake to yellow markers at tail of Beach Pool: Open to fishing from November 1 – March 31: S-5, S-7.

Kennebec River, West Outlet, Taunton and Raynham Academy Grant, Sapling Twp. Open to fishing from April 1 – August 15: S-19. From August 16 – March 31: S-6, S-19. All landlocked salmon caught must be released alive at once.

Saint John River, Baker Branch, T7R1718&19 WELS. S-13. Remains open from October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-13, open to taking bass and muskellunge only.

St. George River, from St. George Lake in Liberty, downstream to the head of tide in Warren. Open to open water fishing from January 1 – December 31. Minimum length on trout: 12 inches. Total daily bag limit on salmon, trout, and togue: 1 fish.

Megunticook River, Camden. Open to open water fishing and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31: S-19, General Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply year-round.

Medomak River, Waldoboro. From the outlet of Medomak Pond to the head of tide: Open to open water fishing from January 1 – December 31, S-19, S-33, General Law terminal gear provisions apply year-round.

Millinocket Stream, T1R8 WELS, T3 Indian Purchase. From Millinocket Lake Dam downstream to Millinocket Town Line: Open to open water fishing from January 1 – December 31, S-19, General
Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply year-round.

Mousam River, from Acton to Kennebunk, Open to open water and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31: General Law size limits, bag limits, and terminal gear provisions apply year-round, except from the dam immediately upstream of Route 1 to tidewater, where the minimum length limit on brown trout and rainbow trout is 14 inches.

Saco River: Danger! Rapidly rising water levels associated with river dam operations could pose a danger to anglers!
• From the Maine/New Hampshire border in Fryeburg to Cataract Dam in Saco: open to open water fishing and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31, S-19, General Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply year-round.
• From Skelton Dam to Cataract Dam: S-33.