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Moosehead Lake during the summer months.

Moosehead Lake during the summer months.


Moosehead Lake, in the heart of the Maine Highlands region,is the state's largest body of water. It measures 40 miles long and covers 74,890 acres. It is also covered with coves, inlets, points of land, islands, rock piles and deep shorelines—all the fish-holding features that anglers look for in a body of water.The lake is known for landlocked salmon, brook trout and togue (lake trout).You can rent a boat and fish on your own or hire a Registered Maine Guide who can provide local insight and expertise. You'll find lodging and meals at one of the historic Maine sporting camps in the area.

Moosehead Lake has a maximum depth of 246 feet, so if you're visiting during the summer you should come prepared with lead-core line or downriggers because the surface temperatures rise in mid-June. Moosehead Lake stratifies, as do most deep lakes throughout the state. You can commonly find fish in the one- to five-pound range. The larger fish tend to be caught during the ice-fishing season or right after ice-out in May and continuing into early June.Portions of the lake do have special regulations, so be sure to review the current Open Water & Ice Fishing Laws and Rules.