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Allagash Wilderness Water: Fishing in the Allagash, Video 4 of 9

September 22, 2019


IF FISHING IS YOUR PASSION
THE ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY HAS ABUNDANT NATIVE BROOK TROUT &
LAKE TROUT AWAITING YOU THE ALLAGASH HAS SOME OF THE
BEST FISHING IN THE NORTHEAST THE ALLAGASH IS A SPECIAL PLACE IN THAT THE NATIVE FISH ASSEMBLAGE IS STILL HERE LAKE WHITEFISH, LAKE TROUT
& BROOK TROUT ARE ALL STILL PRESENT HERE
& ALL SUPPORT FISHING BOTH SUMMER & WINTER IT IS ONE OF THE BEST
WATERSHEDS IN THE STATE OR FOR THE EASTERN U.S. FOR THAT MATTER FOR PROVIDING FISHERIES
FOR NATIVE WILD FISH & THAT’S WHAT ANGLERS SEEK OUT FOR
REALLY QUALITY BACKCOUNTRY EXPERIENCE THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE
IN THERE FISHING EXCURSIONS THAT THEY LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES
TO FISH FOR WILD & NATIVE FISHES WE’VE TAKEN A REAL CONSERVATIVE APPROACH
OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES IN REGULATING IN THE LAST 25 YEARS THAT’S REALLY
LEAD TO A REAL RESURGENCE IN BROOK TROUT POPULATIONS THEY ARE REALLY THRIVING HERE ON
THE WATERWAY NOW UNLIKE MANY MAJOR RIVER SYSTEMS THE ALLAGASH HAS MAINTAINED
SPECIES INTEGRITY FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS THE FISHERIES IN THE ALLAGASH ARE PRETTY MUCH THE WAY THEY WERE
WHEN THE GLACIERS RECEDED BROOK TROUT, WHITEFISH
& LAKE TROUT OR “TOGUE” I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU
CAN GO IN THE NORTHEAST & JUST GO OUT THERE &
CATCH A 16 OR 18 INCH BEAUTIFUL NATIVE BROOK TROUT MAKING SURE THE WATERWAY REMAINS CLEAR OF NON NATIVE FISH SPECIES IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES FACING THE WATERWAY TODAY THE FISH ARE PRETTY MUCH NATIVE TO
WHAT THEY WERE, ABOVE ALLAGASH FALLS BELOW ALLAGASH FALLS
THERE ARE SOME INVASIVE FISH THERE IS THE MUSKIE & THE BASS & THERE IS ACTUALLY LAND LOCKED SALMON
BELOW THE FALLS BUT THE MUSKIE IS THE KING DOWN THERE HE’S EATEN ALL OF HIS COMPETITION
& THEY GROW BIG I MEAN THEY ARE MAKING THE BEST OF IT
DOWN THERE, AS A SPORT FISH BUT WE CERTAINLY DO NOT WANT MUSKIES ABOVE ALLAGASH FALLS BECAUSE THEY WOULD INVADE
THE WHOLE ALLAGASH WATERSHED ALL THE WAY TO CHURCHILL DAM WE WOULD PROBABLY CLOSE THE
FISH LADDER ON THE DAM TO PROHIBIT THEM FROM
GETTING FURTHER UP BUT YOU NEVER KNOW
WE MIGHT BE TOO LATE BEFORE THAT HAPPENED WINTER VISITORS CAN HELP PRESERVE THE
NATIVE FISHERIES OF THE WATERWAY BY MAKING SURE THEY NEVER DUMP
UNUSED BAIT DOWN AN ICE FISHING HOLE ALWAYS DISPOSE OF LIVE BAIT
AT AN APPROPRIATE UPLAND SITE THE NATIVE FISH STOCKS OF THE WATERWAY THRIVE IN THE COLD WELL OXYGENATED
WATER OF THE ALLAGASH THROUGHOUT THE SPRING, EARLY SUMMER,
FALL & WINTER SEASONS ICE FISHING IS PARTICULARLY POPULAR
ON THE LARGER LAKES OF THE WATERWAY WE ENJOY COMING UP HERE IN THE WINTER SPRING AND FALL BUT WE DO QUITE A BIT OF ICE FISHING USUALLY HAVE GOOD LUCK ON
THE BROOK TROUT HERE AND THE WHITEFISH,
SOME TOGUE WE DO A LOT OF PARTRIDGE HUNTING ON A LOT OF THE ROADS THE GROUSE HUNTING IS VERY GOOD
UP IN THIS AREA & WE’VE HAD PROBABLY A HALF
DOZEN OR SO MOOSE HUNTS UP HERE & ALWAYS HAD VERY GOOD SUCCESS
ON THE MOOSE HUNTS BIG TROUT, BIG DEER, BIG MOOSE IT’S PRISTINE IT’S ONE OF THE ONLY FEW PLACES LEFT IN
THE STATE OF MAINE THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY
COME UP HERE & ENJOY THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE
THE WAY MAINE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THAT’S WHAT DRAWS ME TO THE ALLAGASH THE WATERWAY IS A…
IT’S A REMOTE AND IT HAS,
IT REALLY HAS ALL OF THE QUALITIES THAT MAKE A BACKCOUNTRY TRIP SO SPECIAL THERE’S THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LARGER LAKES MILES & MILES OF FREE FLOWING RIVER & THE UNDISTURBED SHORELINE IS REALLY IS A GREAT QUALITY THAT
PEOPLE ARE REALLY LOOKING FOR & A GREAT EXPERIENCE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY I THINK TALKING TO AS MANY PEOPLE
AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN EITHER WHETHER IT BE A STATE AGENCY OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE TRIPS ON THE WATERWAY GATHERING AS MUCH INFORMATION ON WHEN TO COME & WHAT TO USE FOR GEAR IS REALLY IMPORTANT BEFORE
YOU MAKE A TRIP HERE FISHING LICENSES ARE REQUIRED & THEY CAN BE OBTAINED AT
SPORTING GOODS STORES IN THE GATEWAY COMMUNITIES & ONLINE AT WWW.MAINE.GOV/IFW PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE AQUATIC PLANTS REMOVE ALL PLANT
FRAGMENTS FROM BOATS, PROPELLERS, TRAILERS,
BAIT BUCKETS & ANCHORS DISPOSE OF PLANTS ON HIGH DRY
GROUND AWAY FROM THE LAKE THE REGULATIONS ARE
VARIED ACROSS THE WATERWAY THERE ARE SPECIAL BAG & LENGTH LIMITS ON MANY OF THE GAME SPECIES SO CONSULTING THE RULE BOOK,
CALLING OUR REGIONAL OFFICE IS THIS ANOTHER WAY TO GET INFORMATION CONSULT THE WEBSITE OF THE MAINE DEPARTMENT
OF AGRICULTURE CONSERVATION & FORESTRY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS
LEGENDARY FISHERMAN’S PARADISE

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