Whether you’re an avid fly fisherman or enjoy casting, trolling, or ice fishing on Moosehead Lake, Wilsons is the ideal destination for your fishing vacation. The lake and river are the natural breeding grounds for brook trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon, and the dam is the gateway through which thousands of these fish pass.
Step out of your cabin and you’re only feet away from the dam where you can easily catch a silver salmon or a hungry squaretail trout in the foam flecked eddies below the dam. Or cast into Moosehead lake above the dam where big hungry salmon lie waiting for food at the gate head. There are several remote ponds for native brook trout, and absolutely amazing small mouth bass fishing nearby! We’re glad to assist you in planning your fishing vacation to Moosehead Lake, Maine.
Ice Fishing on Moosehead Lake
Ice fish on over 1,000 feet of lake frontage at Wilsons on Moosehead Lake. Ice fishing opens January 1st and runs through March 31st. 2016 is off to a slow start, but the cove is finally cooperating. Click here for a video of our first traps of the year being set. Whether or not you have ATV or snowmobile transportation, you can set your traps and enjoy the crisp air from your cabin base on Moosehead Lake, Maine. Rentals for icehouses and snowmobiles are readily available in the area.
We also have private scenic trails to enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. You might even see some wildlife!
Big Squaw Mountain Ski Resort is just 6 miles down the road. Enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding without all the lines or the high prices! New this year, they have added groomed cross-country ski trails, too! NREC at the Moosehead Visitor’s Center also offers FREE groomed cross-country skiing.
The ITS snowmobile trails can be accessed at the end of our driveway connecting you to the entire Moosehead Lake Area Trail System. The Groomer goes right by our driveway! Gas, food, and free trail maps are available at Wilsons for your convenience.
For daily water releases, call 1-800-557-3569 with CODE: 235137, visit H2O Line, or give us a call at 1-207-695-2549 to make your reservation! Follow this link for more information on licenses, laws, and fishing opportunities in the Moosehead Lake area: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/opportunities/moosehead.htm
Boat Launch and Docking – Free for Wilson’s Guests
A great resource for every fly fisherman, Don Wilson’s Adventures in Angling is dedicated to the heritage of fly fishing and is well worth a visit.
On-Site Boat Rentals
Attention Fly Fisherman – East Outlet is now open ALL YEAR!
October 1st to April 30th is catch-and-release only.
Remote Ponds, Kennebec River and Moosehead Lake Fishing
Maximize your effectiveness and enjoy your fishing vacation without the hassle of all the unknowns. If this is your first time fishing the area, you can look forward to an unforgettable experience. Learn the lake or river from an expert and see the beauty and scenery along the way from the best advantage point. Scenic cruises and wildlife safaris are available as well as fishing guide services.
Guided Drift Boat Fishing Trips
Drift boats are ideal for the new fly fisherman to learn from, and for fishing the holes that can’t be reached by wading or from the shore. Drop down the river in a guided drift boat between the wooded banks and cast into riffles and eddies behind big rocks, allowing for perfect drifts in hard to reach pools. You will experience the thrill of white water fishing at its finest. The combination of the freeboard dynamics of a drift boat, and the rowing experience of your expert guide, makes for a safe and pleasureable trip down the river. Half and full day trips are available and include all needed equipment (flies, rods, leaders, etc.). Full day trips include a packed lunch.
Cast and Blast! – Fly fish the East Outlet and Hunt
Attention Sportsman: During the month of October, combine fishing & hunting! Fly fish the World Famous East Outlet of the Kennebec River and hunt for birds or rabbits…all in the same day! Don’t forget your camera, New England is known for its unbelievable foliage that generally peaks from the end of September to mid-October!