Spring Trolling

Maine Brook Trout

Ice-out and early-season trolling are much anticipated events among Maine fishermen. This is partly because many anglers spend lots of time during the winter tying flies and dreaming about the first day they can get out on the water to use them.  Mostly, however, it’s because on many lakes, some of the largest salmon and trout  are caught during the first month of the season.

Sebago Lake Maine Salmon Fishing

Spring trolling typically involves using light tackle to present a smelt-imitating lure or fly within ten feet of the surface. In addition to trolling, we also occasionally stop to cast in the vicinity of brook mouths and around shoreline structure that attracts smelts. Many of my spring trolling trips are done on remote lakes that are not readily accessible to other anglers, where I have boats stashed. I also trailer a boat to lakes that are closed to ice fishing and produce great fishing at ice out.

Sebago Lake Togue

Full day spring trolling trips start at $350 per day and are designed to accommodate two anglers. All of the fishing gear and a shore lunch are provided. Half day trips are available on some waters and cost $280.  I’d be happy to help arrange lodging while you are in the area. Combination trips and custom itineraries can be arranged upon request.

To find out more about a guided spring trolling trip, please complete the online information request form by clicking the button below.  Or just call, or send me an email, describing the type of trip that you are interested in.

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“I’m glad we came early (in the season) like you suggested. I’d trade cold fingers for the fish we caught any time.”

Brad P, Massachusetts

“I think some of the trolling tips that you provided will help me become a better fisherman. I can’t wait to try them on my own.”

Randy R, So. Portland, ME