We loaded up the boat (By “we” I mean Steve. I haven’t mastered trailers yet.) and headed to Spednic Lake yesterday morning. Taylor’s home for four days from her summer internship and was able to go fishing with us.
The landing is shallow and requires a lot of distance before the boat lifts off the trailer. This means someone (me) has to wade into the cold water while Steve backs the trailer in. Spednic is colder than East Musquash and Upper Sysladobsis but it wasn’t uncomfortably cold. It felt good.
Spednic Lake divides Maine from New Brunswick, Canada. We spent most of our time in New Brunswick, casting into Maine. Unless you step out of the boat and onto Canadian land, you don’t need a passport. This boundary marker shows you how close the line between the countries is to Maine land.
Bass were biting yesterday. Steve and Taylor fished the bottom with rubber salamanders in various colors while I fished the surface and a few feet down with a hard lure. Between the three of us we caught 25+ small mouth bass in a few hours. There were only a few minutes between catches. Steve caught a nice pickerel along with the smallies.
Spednic is one of my favorite bodies of water to fish but it’s tricky. Boulders seem to jump out of no where. You can be in twenty feet of water with boulders that will take out the prop. The boulders we trolled over yesterday with plenty of room will most likely be dangerous a few weeks from now if we don’t get a lot of rain. They make for great fishing as long as you don’t get hung up on them (which is why I seldom fish bottom).
Taylor is studying to be a wildlife biologist. She’s been able to teach us a bit about fish and will have more to share after next semester’s fisheries class. She inspected some of the fish up close and personal for parasites and to see what they’re eating right now. Knowing what they’re eating helps us choose the right lures.
This fish had a partially swallowed macroinvertebrate. It’s not uncommon to have them spit out or still have crayfish and bait fish when we catch them.
Spednic is catch and release only. It’s great for the guides who take sports fishing, and it’s a lot more fun to catch a lot of fish than none at all, but it would be nice to be able to bring home the occasional bass you know is going to die. The wardens would have a hard time enforcing a law that allowed fishermen to keep mortally wounded fish. Can’t you hear it? “It was going to die…”
The sun was glaring. We were burning even with 50 SPF sun screen so we called it a day after three hours. A large group of kids with their camp counselors lined the landing with their canoes when we were on our way in. They have great weather for camping and paddling.