Kennebec River, Shawmut Dam

Fairfield, Maine

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This section of river is a tailwater fishery, one of the few spots in Maine with an ongoing rainbow trout program. Wading is the best way to fish here, although it is possible to launch a canoe downstream from the dam. Special regulations on this section of river include artificial lures only, a minimum length limit on landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, and brown trout of 16 inches, and a daily bag limit on salmon, trout, and lake trout of one fish. Motels are located in the greater Waterville area, and Lake St. George State Park in Liberty offers lakeside camping. Smallmouth bass were once about the only major sport fish in this formerly very polluted river, but this has changed. While smallmouth bass fishing remains good, brown trout and rainbow trout now provide excellent sport as well. This area is exceptionally good for fly fishers; the river here is easily waded and wide enough for you to get away from shoreline vegetation that might hinder your back cast. If you have a canoe, smallmouth bass be can taken by trolling with small orange Rapalas and by casting with lead-head jigs. Fly fishers take smallmouths by casting black leech patterns and muddler minnows. Key Species: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon possible.
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Fishing Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

This section of river is a tailwater fishery, one of the few spots in Maine with an ongoing rainbow trout program. Wading is the best way to fish here, although it is possible to launch a canoe downstream from the dam. Special regulations on this section of river include artificial lures only, a minimum length limit on landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, and brown trout of 16 inches, and a daily bag limit on salmon, trout, and lake trout of one fish. Motels are located in the greater Waterville area, and Lake St. George State Park in Liberty offers lakeside camping.

Smallmouth bass were once about the only major sport fish in this formerly very polluted river, but this has changed. While smallmouth bass fishing remains good, brown trout and rainbow trout now provide excellent sport as well. This area is exceptionally good for fly fishers; the river here is easily waded and wide enough for you to get away from shoreline vegetation that might hinder your back cast. If you have a canoe, smallmouth bass be can taken by trolling with small orange Rapalas and by casting with lead-head jigs. Fly fishers take smallmouths by casting black leech patterns and muddler minnows. Key Species: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon possible.

©  Tom Seymour/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Fairfield
Duration: Best Way to Fish: wading
Season & Limits: Best May and June
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Local Maps: DeLorme Maine Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Kennebec River, Shawmut Dam

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