Largemouth bass fishing on Sokokis Lake, Limerick, York County, Maine (June 24, 2017)

The public boat launch on Sokokis Lake is sturdy and the adjoining parking area can accommodate multiple vehicles and trailers

Sokokis Lake (a.k.a. Holland Pond) covers 192 acres and is located in Limerick, York County, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 4 E3). A nice, hard-top boat launch is located at the southern end of the lake by its outlet right off Route 11 (Central Avenue). Enough space is available to park over a dozen vehicles and trailers on the public parking area located next to the launch. Salvador and I arrive at our destination at 2 pm and are greeted by a polite high school kid who checks my boat and trailer for fragments of aquatic vegetation to prevent introducing an invasive plant species into the lake. My boat and trailer get a clean bill of health. The weather has improved greatly since this morning, when conditions were overcast and gloomy. Now the sky is blue and the sun is bright, but the breeze is still blowing in briskly from the northwest. The air temperature is in the balmy low 80’s.

 

 

 

 

The general area where Brown Stream merges with Sokokis Lake provides great largemouth bass habitat

 

 

Sokokis Lake consists of two lobes separated by a large island. The lobes are linked by two narrow thoroughfares which run parallel to each other on either side of this island. The lake is remarkably shallow for its relatively large size, with a maximum and mean depth of 32 ft and 9 ft, respectively. Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information. The bass fishing rules on this body of water fall under the general fishing laws for inland waters, i.e., a daily bag limit of two fish with a minimum length limit of 10”, with only one fish allowed to exceed 14”. The entire shoreline is dotted by dozens of houses and cabins, which takes away any sense of “remoteness”. The shoreline has only limited visible largemouth bass holding habitat consisting of patches of submerged aquatic vegetation and overhanging bushes. I saw no downed trees and only a handful of lily pads on the lake itself. Most anglers who visit this water body for the first time put in at the public launch and start hitting the lower lobe. They can quickly become disillusioned with the quality of the largemouth bass fishing in that area on account of the poor holding habitat and the tough fishing conditions.

 

This guy was hiding in the shadow next to some sunken branches

I am now going to divulge the secret of where to seek largemouth bass on this lake… Brown Brook is the outlet of Long Pond, which is located about four miles to the northwest. This brook, which serves as the inlet to Sokokis Lake and merges with it at its northern tip, is substantial but slow-moving. It is from 25 to 50+ ft wide, and from 1 to 3 ft deep. Both of its banks support luxurious amounts of aquatic vegetation in which the bass love to hide. That sweet area is the focus of our fishing efforts this afternoon. It takes us about 25 minutes to motor from the boat launch at the outlet to the farthest point upstream in Brown Brook. Our advance comes to an abrupt end at an active beaver dam. It’s as good a point as any to start our slow drift back into the lake. My lures of choice for this afternoon (or any time I go largemouth bass fishing!) are a noisy buzzbait which I use to quickly fan-cast an area, and a dark-colored 5” speckled soft stickbait which I use to probe any crooks and crannies along the shoreline or the adjoining emergent aquatic vegetation. Salvador uses a hot-pink 5” soft stickbait.

 

 

 

Salvador and I double-hooked when casting our stickbaits to a bunch of sunken branches. I landed this big boy but his fish got away

We start by casting into the ponded area behind the beaver dam but don’t generate any interest. We drift down a bit and I catch my first largemouth bass on the buzzbait within 10 minutes. That’s a good sign! Four people come kayaking upstream and confirm that the dam is a fixed structure which is maintained by the local beavers year after year. Salvador and I continue our slow drift downward. I catch three more bass over the next 1.5 hour, all on the soft stickbait, and miss several others. Salvador hooks into two fish which break his line, presumably because they are pickerel. He also catches two bass which unhook themselves before reaching the boat. We thoroughly enjoy our time on the water, the peacefulness, and the camaraderie. And here’s the best part of all: we did not see a single other angler during our two hours of fishing the inlet to Sokokis Lake, which is otherwise a pretty busy place in the summer. You can’t beat that deal!

 

 

 

 

The results: I caught 4 largemouth bass measuring between 14” and 18”, and Salvador landed a small pickerel in 2 hours of fun fishing.

 

The beaver dam marks the end of the road!

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to share your thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to discuss your fishing experiences at this location.

 

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