One of the perks of living on Thompson Lake is having access to great fishing all year round. In fact, Thompson Lake has been recognized as having some of the very best fishing in Southern Maine. Spring-fed by the Poland Spring Aquifer, Thompson Lake has some of the cleanest and clearest water you can find. It’s a fairly large lake with depths of up to 121 feet. However, it lacks the heavy boat traffic that can disturb fisheries and take away from the peaceful experience. From taking the kids out on the lake for a fun day trip to relaxing with friends along the shore, Thompson Lake is an excellent place to fish.
The lake is rich in variety of habit, providing a nice array of species for the more particular angler. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife stock landlocked salmon on an annual basis. 5 or 6 lb. salmon are the usual on Thompson Lake. While there is a small amount of natural salmon reproduction, stocking is necessary to keep the population high enough for fishing. Lake trout, however, naturally sustain their own population in the lake. Both salmon and lake trout are typically off boats in the deeper waters.
Lake Thompson is also known for its fantastic bass fishing. Trophy size small and large mouth bass are frequently found along the shores and under docks of the lake. While 3 lb. smallmouth bass are commonly reeled in, Lake Thompson holds the Maine state record for the largest one caught, an 8 lb. fish in 1970. Largemouth bass are usually between 5 and 8 lbs.
In addition to Thompson Lake, some anglers might enjoy “The Heath”, a small, separate body of water at the southern end of the lake where motor boats are prohibited. In addition to small and largemouth bass, pickerel are commonly reeled in. While most people prefer the warmer months for fishing, ice fishing is also popular on Thompson Lake. In fact, actor Willem Dafoe has been known to do some ice fishing on the lake himself.
Before fishing on Thompson Lake, you should make sure you know the rules and regulations of Maine fishing. Also be sure to pick up a fishing license. Before you know it, you’ll be reeling them in like a pro.
Remember, if you’re lucky enough to live by the water, you’re lucky enough!