Kennebago River

Rangeley, Maine

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A very good brook trout and salmon fishery throughout the season, but you’ll have to walk a ways to reach the river. The river fishes consistently throughout the day. In wet years, when there’s good run-off, the landlocked salmon for which this stream is justly noted will stay in the river all year. However, if summers are hot and flows are low, come July, salmon will move out of the main channel into the depths of the closest, coolest lake. Even then, you’ll find brook trout, though they may be concentrated near springs or coldwater seeps. After summer heat breaks, usually by mid-August, trout return to the main stream, and salmon will follow a week or two later. During summer and fall, spates of rain will trigger action. The Kennebago can be divided into two large sections and a short tail. Rising in a handful of ponds between White Cap and Snow Mountains near the Maine-Quebec border, the river flows about a dozen miles through a riffly, pool-and-pocket course interspersed with long stretches of boggy wetland until it reaches Little Kennebago Lake above Otter Camps on Tim Pond Road. This upper section carries wild brook trout and some landlocked salmon, but it is a relatively modest fishery when compared to the section below Kennebago Lake. Species: Brook, brown, landlocked salmon.
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by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

A very good brook trout and salmon fishery throughout the season, but you’ll have to walk a ways to reach the river. The river fishes consistently throughout the day. In wet years, when there’s good run-off, the landlocked salmon for which this stream is justly noted will stay in the river all year. However, if summers are hot and flows are low, come July, salmon will move out of the main channel into the depths of the closest, coolest lake. Even then, you’ll find brook trout, though they may be concentrated near springs or coldwater seeps. After summer heat breaks, usually by mid-August, trout return to the main stream, and salmon will follow a week or two later. During summer and fall, spates of rain will trigger action.

The Kennebago can be divided into two large sections and a short tail. Rising in a handful of ponds between White Cap and Snow Mountains near the Maine-Quebec border, the river flows about a dozen miles through a riffly, pool-and-pocket course interspersed with long stretches of boggy wetland until it reaches Little Kennebago Lake above Otter Camps on Tim Pond Road. This upper section carries wild brook trout and some landlocked salmon, but it is a relatively modest fishery when compared to the section below Kennebago Lake. Species: Brook, brown, landlocked salmon.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Rangeley
Access: Limited
Season & Limits: April 1 through September 30
Local Maps: Maine DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Kennebago River

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