Fishing for landlocked Atlantic salmon in Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is a major jewel in the National Park Service crown. It is located on Mount Desert Island along the rugged coast of Downeast Maine in Hancock County. The State stocks four ponds within the boundary of the Park with landlocked Atlantic salmon. These four water bodies are open to year-round fishing. However, keep in mind that these fisheries are highly regulated in order to preserve their exceptional quality, the scenic beauty, and the Park experience. It is greatly recommended to carefully read the latest fishing regulations in order to understand all of the restrictions and limitations that apply to these bodies of water. Click here for more information on buying a Maine fishing license on-line.

Only when the water is relatively cool in the spring can salmon be caught near the surface using dry flies and trolling with live bait, spoons, or wet flies. Most summer visitors to the Pak interested in pursuing these magnificent creatures will need to use downriggers or lead core line in order to place their lures in the deeper, colder waters below the thermocline where the salmon will be hiding. Click here for more information on trolling for landlocked salmon.

 

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Eagle Lake is a 436 acre body of water located in the shadow of Cadillac Mountain within the township of Bar Harbor (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 B4). A public boat launch is available on the northern end of the lake off Route 233. Click here for a depth map and more fishing information. The annual fish stocking density yields an average of 0.3 salmon per acre. The fishing regulations prohibit the use of motorboats with engines above 10 horsepower. Other regulations also apply regarding seasonal tackle restrictions and catch/release.

 

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Echo Lake is a 237 acre body of water located on the western side of Somes Sound within the township of Mount Desert (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 C2). A public boat launch is available on the eastern side of the lake off Route 102. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The annual fish stocking density yields an average of 0.3 salmon per acre. The fishing regulations prohibit the use of motorboats with engines above 10 horsepower. Other regulations also apply regarding seasonal tackle restrictions, line restrictions, size slots for landlocked salmon, and catch/release.

 

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Jordan Pond is a 187 acre body of water located just south of Eagle Lake within the township of Mount Desert (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 C3). A public boat launch is available at the southern end of the pond of the Park Loop Road. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The annual fish stocking density yields an average of 0.2 salmon per acre. The fishing regulations prohibit the use of motorboats with engines above 10 horsepower. Other regulations also apply regarding seasonal tackle restrictions, size limits for lake trout, and catch/release.

 

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Long Pond is an 897 acre body of water located just to the west of Echo Lake within the township of Mount Desert (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 16 C2). Two public boat launches are available: one is located at the northern tip of the pond off Route 102 (Pretty Marsh Road), whereas the other is located at the southern tip of the pond at the end of Long Pond Road (which splits off from Seal Cove Road). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. Engines of all sizes are allowed on this pond. The annual fish stocking density yields an average of 0.2 salmon per acre. Other regulations also apply regarding seasonal tackle restrictions, size slots for landlocked salmon, and catch/release.

 

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