Northern Hideaway offers trips for both native brook trout as well as muskies.
The St. John River System was renown at one time for its brook trout fishing. That all changed with a stocking of muskellunge by the Quebec Government in a tributary of the St. John that starts in Canada. Today the native brookies still thrive in the smaller streams and brooks that abound in the area. However, muskies have taken over the deeper pools and deadwaters of the St. John and the Big Black Rivers.
This is a blooming fishery. The fish receive very little pressure. The deadwater in front of the camps is accessible only from our camps during the better fishing times. Therefore our guest are really the only ones that fish this section of river.
Some of the better pools on the St. John require anglers to access them by hiking or canoeing. These areas are not for the casual angler. We like to refer to these trips as extreme fishing as anglers and guide must work together to get in and out each day.
There are some sections that are easily accessed. These receive some pressure from other camps and especially during the annual muskie tournament held by the town of Fort Kent each year.
The largest muskie caught from the camps was 44 inches long. Fish in the 30 to 36 inch range are common. Anglers fishing with Northern Hideaway Guide's have landed as many as 10 fish in a day.
The best muskie fishing occurs during the months of July through October. Good fishing can still be found during June in combination with brook trout fishing. Our best brookie fishing normally occurs from Memorial Weekend into early July depending on water levels.