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It’s day 3 of our annual Pierce Pond fishing expedition. Salvador and I are back on Lower Pierce Pond at 5 am to troll for landlocked salmon and brook trout for 1.5 hrs before breakfast (note: the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife stocks the pond with landlocked salmon in the spring. Check the web site associated with this blog for more stocking details). Even though my fish finder is on, I don’t pay enough attention to the bottom contour and end up wedging my trolling weight in a shallow rock pile. It’s a real mess: the wind blows us off the rock pile, my downrigger is jammed, and our fishing lines are scrambled up. It takes us about 20 minutes to untangle the mess which, to our surprise, yields a 12″ brookie for Salvador. The fish must have taken the Mooselook spoon before we got stuck, but was just too small to trigger the release mechanism on the downrigger. It’s hardly glorious, but Salvador finally caught his first trout!
After breakfast, Joel and Salvador decide to do something new. They motor to the bottom of Lower Pierce Pond and try their luck in Pierce Pond Stream, which connects the lake to the nearby Kennebec River. They discover a gorgeous little brook along which runs the Appalachian Trail. The brook tumbles down several waterfalls, each of which has a nice deep pool filled with very naive native brookies. They catch a total of about 20 trout (5″-7″ in length) on small dry flies. We’ll return next year with our waders and will spend a day further exploring this hidden treasure to find the bigger fish (click here for more details).
We return to Upper Pierce Pond for the afternoon. We spend one hour on Brandy Reef hoping for a mayfly hatch. We see no activity until suddenly all three of us hear a distinct rise behind us on the other side of the reef. Salvador is the first to land his dry fly just in the right spot, which immediately results in an explosive surface strike. He sets the hook, but too hard, and breaks his tippet. The landlocked salmon (about 18″) jumps 3 ft out of the water and is gone! That hit turns out to be the one and only dry fly strike on Pierce Pond during our four-day fishing trip this year…
The wind picks up and it starts to drizzle. We move off Brandy Reef and spend the rest of the afternoon trolling Upper, Middle, and Lower Pierce Pond using our Mooselook spoons. I catch a 14″ landlocked salmon and Salvador lands a 15″ landlocked salmon.
We make it back at camp at 5:30 pm for a beer and diner and are back on the water at 7 pm for the evening bite, which never materializes. Things look ominous as we hear rumblings in the distance. It starts to rain hard and thunder over our heads at around 8:15 pm. It’s time to turn around and head back to camp to stay dry and safe.
The results: I caught one 14” landlocked salmon in seven hours of fishing.
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