This is a tidewater section of the Kennebec River; the Edwards Dam, in Augusta, is the head of tide. Much controversy exists over the continued use of this ancient dam, since the electricity produced here is not needed and the dam keeps the above-mentioned key species as well as shad, alewives, and Atlantic salmon from prime upriver spawning grounds. If you do not have a boat or canoe, you can fish from shore by the boat ramps in Hallowell and Augusta and beneath the Edwards Dam in Augusta. There are plenty of motels in Augusta.
Even Maine residents are sometimes surprised to learn that the Kennebec River in Augusta and Hallowell provides some of the state’s best brown trout, smallmouth bass, and striped bass fishing. Landlocked salmon fishing is good too, thanks to a recent stocking program and an impressive growth rate for game fish living in this fertile river. Key Species: brown trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, pickerel, white perch.
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