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 worth fishing, and some have even made better sug- gestions. One biologist even went so far as to tell me, “We stock fish in these locations so anglers can enjoy the catch, and take them home for a nice meal.”
Learn to read a map, and get good with a compass
or GPS unit so you don’t get lost. Also, look into the many mapping apps that are available on your phone. There are surely many, but I use “OnX Hunt,” and am amazed at all that it offers. Check it out ... you really have to see it to believe it!
A good knowledge of how to read the water is mandatory; don’t just wade into the water and start throwing lures or flies around. Shake the brush lining the shoreline and see what falls onto the surface of the water. Look under rocks for bugs that will eventually hatch, and keep your eyes peeled for bugs that are coming off the water’s surface. Remember, this is similar to a hunt, and you are like a detective looking for clues.
Where Are the Best Brookies?
While fishing locations that get stocked by DIF&W are generally easy to access and productive, some anglers like to fish for native brook trout (Salvelinus
Delorme’s Maine Atlas is a must-have for any serious angler.
Above: Catch and release requires careful landing and gentle handling. Below:Tasty meals are landed, one fish at a time.

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