February Fishing in New England: Trout, Pickerel & Bass

February Fishing in New England: Trout, Pickerel & Bass

chain pickerel, pickerel fishing, fishing for pickerelThere are thousands of options for February fishing in New England ranging from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams that contain a wide variety of popular species. These include New England trout fishing on Sebec Lake in Maine, chain pickerel on Bantam Lake in Connecticut, and more.

Here's a look at some of the best angling destinations in the Northeast for February action throughout the region:


Lake Trout

Sebec Lake, Maine

Known for producing 20-pound lakers (called "togue" in Maine), Sebec also provides excellent fishing for trout, salmon and out-sized smallmouth bass. Anglers setting up for lake trout should fish live suckers or chunks of cut bait a foot or so off the bottom. Or, jig silver-colored spoons just off the bottom in deep water. Access is easy via snowmobile trails and at Sebec Village and Greeley's landing. Target The Narrows for multi-species action all winter.

Chain Pickerel

Bantam Lake, Conn.

One of the best-known pickerel fisheries in the state, Bantam Lake produces king-sized "jacks" all winter. In open water use large minnows suspended under a float. Fish close to weeds, structure and drop-offs in shallow water. Trolling small, flashy lures also works well on winter pickerel. When ice forms, set lively baits at varying depths to attract cruising fish.

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