Kennebec River

Waterville, Maine

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Primarily smallmouth water. Upper section below Moosehead known for landlocked salmon and brook trout. TU-championed removal of Edwards Dam at Augusta will aid in restoring small Atlantic salmon runs. Draining more than 6,000 square miles, the Kennebec was a rich Atlantic salmon fishery during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Indeed today, the river sees small runs. With the removal of Edwards Dam, 17 miles of the river will be open to migratory fish, and biologists believe that spawning can only increase. Still, the river is a long way from becoming a first-class salmon river, though its upper reaches offer excellent fishing for salmo salar’s landlocked cousin. The significant fishery of rainbows and browns below Shawmut Dam should also improve after Edwards Dam is removed. Species: Brook, brown, and rainbow trout, landlocked and Atlantic salmon, smallmouth. Angling methods: Spin, bait, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Primarily smallmouth water. Upper section below Moosehead known for landlocked salmon and brook trout. TU-championed removal of Edwards Dam at Augusta will aid in restoring small Atlantic salmon runs. Draining more than 6,000 square miles, the Kennebec was a rich Atlantic salmon fishery during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Indeed today, the river sees small runs.

With the removal of Edwards Dam, 17 miles of the river will be open to migratory fish, and biologists believe that spawning can only increase. Still, the river is a long way from becoming a first-class salmon river, though its upper reaches offer excellent fishing for salmo salar’s landlocked cousin. The significant fishery of rainbows and browns below Shawmut Dam should also improve after Edwards Dam is removed. Species: Brook, brown, and rainbow trout, landlocked and Atlantic salmon, smallmouth. Angling methods: Spin, bait, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Waterville
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: April through mid-October
Local Maps: Maine DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Kennebec River

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