ABOUT THE FISHING IN THIS AREA




Princeton’s location allows access to an enormous assortment of lakes. The public landing will put you into Lewey Lake, the Grand Falls Flowage (6600 acres) and St. Croix River. From Lewey Lake you can enter Long Lake (600 acres) which then flows from Big Lake (17,000 acres). Other lakes/ponds in the area include: Pocomoonshine Lake (2400 acres); Crawford Lake (1600 acres); Clifford Lake (900 acres); Musquash Lake (1600 acres); Meddybemps Lake (6700 acres); West Grand Lake (14,000 acres); and of course the famous Grand Lake Stream, which historically is known for its landlocked salmon. Note that West Grand and Musquash have lake trout. Pocomoonshine and Crawford have Large Mouth Bass. Also pickerel and white perch are in all the lakes. However the primary fishery in this area is Bass.

Smallmouth Bass
Actually, you will find the best smallie fishing in the Northeast in these lakes. Depending on how late the spring because the water needs time to warm up, from mid - May until end of June you can possibly catch and release 100 bass in one day. During the summer the fishing slows but that is usually when the women catch the lunkers. In September, again depending on how fast things chill, the bass start feeding and the fishing is faster.

The smallies average about 2 pounds. But thanks to slot limits you can catch some that run 3 to 4 pounds. In this area most lodging facilities promote catch and release, so we know there are some big ones out there that have been caught and put back.

Largemouth Bass
Two of the lakes nearby also have some nice Largemouth Bass that can average from 3 to 8 pounds. So give Crawford and Pocomoonshine Lakes a try.

Landlocked Salmon
Grand Lake Stream historically has river fishing for landlocked salmon. Again depending on the spring, mid-May through June you can catch salmon in the 2-3 pound range. Note this is fly fishing only. But you can fish for the salmon with regular gear at the narrows between Long Lake and Lewey Lake. West Grand and Big Lake watersheds drain down through Long Lake and the landlocked salmon travel down as well in May and September.

Our Fishing Season
Smallmouth Bass/Landlocked Salmon
Ice out to September 30
October 1 - November 30 is catch and release

Grand Lake Stream (Fly Fishing Only)
April 1 - September 30
October 1 -October 20 is catch and release

HUNTING UPLAND BIRDS AND WATERFOWL


Our location on the Atlantic Flyway insures a wide variety of waterfowl on the St. Croix watershed. Outdoor writers have singled out our region as “Maine’s finest cover for upland bird hunting.” There are abundant native ruffled grouse and Woodcock populations as well as Woodcock that fly in. This area has a lot of different places with different covers to hunt.

You may hunt guided or unguided; use your guide’s bird dog or bring your own. However, if you have not been to this area, we do recommend that you use a guide, which we will be glad to set up for you.

Bird Season (approximate)
Ruffled Grouse.......October 1 - November 30
Woodcock.............October 6 - November 15
Regular Ducks and Geese.......seasons are set early in September.