The Hawk’s Nest Lodge offers guided fresh water fishing trips for smallmouth bass, trout and land-locked salmon. Our abundance of remote lakes and steams offer a variety of destinations to choose from and experience. Whether you’re looking for a guided trip or to fish on your own, we can help you catch the big ones.
Pound for pound, these are the hardest fighting fish Maine has to offer. The remote lakes and rivers we access provide plenty of action for both the beginner and experienced angler. Our patient, knowledgeable guides play host to an unforgettable and fun day on the water. Whether you are catching your first fish, or are looking to perfect a certain technique, we’ll make sure you come away with lasting memories, not just fish stories.
Our bass fishing is so good, we guarantee you’ll catch fish or the trip is on us. This trip is available using spinning gear and fly fishing, and like all our trips, we practice catch and release only. Make sure you bring your camera!
We Supply: All spin fishing gear, Rods and Reels, Bass Boat, Hearty Lunch, Professional Guides.
You Supply: Maine Fishing License, Rain Gear, Swim suit, sun block, hat, sunglasses, camera, fly fishing gear.
Season: May 15 – September 30
Minimum age 8 years
Cost Per Person: 1 angler…..$300, $165 per person for 2 anglers, or $125 per person for 3 anglers. A fourth, non-fishing passenger can be added for $40.
We offer outstanding fly fishing for Maine’s 4 major cold water fish species right from our doorstep. Acrobatic Landlocked Salmon, rugged Brown Trout, spirited Rainbow Trout and the legendary Brook Trout abound in the Upper Kennebec River watershed. Spend time with our patient and experienced guides who will assist in fly selection, fish location and proven techniques all while you enjoy the beauty of our remote locations. From true tail-water fisheries below Maine’s hydroelectric dams, to freestone sections of braided river, and remote mountain ponds, we have a variety of outstanding water to choose from.
Brook Trout in Maine’s Remote Ponds
This is the trout fishing Maine is famous for. Fishing from a canoe, row boat, or float tube we’ll arrive before dusk to prepare for the evening hatches. Anglers booking trips in late June and early July can expect the infamous Green Drake or Hex Hatch, a sure must-see experience for any serious fly angler.
These trips depart at approximately 4:00 pm and may require hikes of up to 1 mile.
Cost: $175 for one, $275 for two.
Book this as an evening add-on to any other day fishing trip: $125 for one, $150 for two
East Outlet Drift Boat Trip
Draining Moosehead Lake, the East Outlet has cold water all season and the fishing to show for it. Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout along with Class I-III rapids provide the challenge for this postcard day on this beautiful remote river. Our river guides provide local knowledge and excellent boat handling to get you into the perfect lie. This is a perfect river to gain confidence and perfect your nymph fishing techniques.
Cost: $350 for one angler, $400 for two.
Roach River Wading Trip
My personal favorite, a small river that has a little of everything and is a joy to wade. Cascading whitewater, deep pools, long riffles and best of all, big, healthy fish. This is thanks to a long standing Catch and Release Only policy on the river. Most years we see the biggest fish landed come from the Roach, but that doesn’t ever mean it’s easy.
Cost: $350 for one angler, $400 for two.
Extreme Fly Fishing in Maine: The Upper Kennebec River Gorge
This remote section of river is our guide’s little secret. Undoubtedly known for its raging Class IV rapids providing wild whitewater rafting, the Upper Kennebec Gorge isn’t the most likely place to think about a pristine Maine stream and fly fishing for brook trout and salmon. However, when the dam owners are not releasing water through the turbines, this section of river resembles a small stream and has a hidden gem of a fishery located deep in the bedrock of canyon. We’ll arrive at Harris Station at first light and slip down the river in our raft and fish pool to pool for some of the most remote Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon fishing in Maine. Hold on, because at some point in the morning the water will rise and you and your fishing-turned whitewater guide will get an exciting raft ride home. Due to the physical nature of this trip, we recommend it to those healthy, active, adventurous types.
This is an early morning trip and will be complete around noon.
Cost: $ 395 for one or two people
We Supply: Professional Registered Maine Fishing and Whitewater Guide with over 20 years of whitewater experience, self-bailing raft, all safety equipment, lifejacket, transportation, and lunch.
You supply: Fly Rod and gear, (4-6 Weight with Floating and Sink Tip Lines), Chest Waders with waist belt, Felt boots, Maine Fishing License.
With the nature of the operations of Harris Station, there are times when the dam owners release water all hours of the day, making this section unfishable. If this happens and we can not fish in the gorge, alternative arrangements will be made. We’ll still get you to some great fishing.
Our local area has several lakes that are open to ice fishing. Pleasant Pond has recently opened for ice fishing for trophy lake trout. Last year several 11 pound fish were caught. Wyman Lake and Indian Pond are also local lakes that can offer fast action for splake, trout and salmon. Please check local fishing laws and always make sure to check ice conditions.