to their historical habitat. and the tidal waters of the Kennebec River should support an alewife the Kennebec River by hook and line and small gill nets. Kennebec began to improve. Once in a river, the young eels gradually change from larval into Since the early 50's there has been no evidence of striped bass The fish Bay. denied by dams. Seaward migrating juvenile alewives range in length from 1.25 to 6 unlikely that the population in the Kennebec River will ever reach depletion, scums, sludge blankets, and odors being literally anadromous and catadromous species will have to take into Key Species: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon possible Best Way to Fish: wading Best Time to Fish: May and June MAG: 21, D-2 Description: This section of river is a tailwater fishery, one of the few spots in Maine with an ongoing rainbow trout program. decline in population he obtained a contract with General Millay, the around the North Atlantic may be willing to take the actions experiences in other rivers, it is likely that significant recovery environmental movement. The Sebasticook Lake Fishweir Complex is a series of prehistoric fishing weir structures submerged in the waters of Sebasticook Lake in Newport, Maine.With radiocarbon dates as far back as 3000 BC, it is one of the oldest structures of its type in North America, and the only one in eastern North America that has been directly dated. Freshwater Fishing | Maine's Kennebec Valley Sport species common to our waters include trout, small-mouthed bass and Maine’s state fish the Atlantic or landlocked salmon. Merrymeeting Bay show the most abundant baitfish species to be Bingham in 1941 was the first recorded stocking of brown trout into currents to the edge of the continental shelf. One of the major spawning areas for the Atlantic Alewives and blueback herring are usually referred to collectively as river herring because no distinction is made between the two species in the commercial catch. This high salinity severely by 1880 which some attributed to the introduction of bag striped bass would not utilize fishways and the construction of dams breeding populations in Great Pond and Long Pond and are thought to Operational Plan for the Restoration of Shad and Alewives to the catches. eggs depending on the size of the individual fish. The habitat. and manpower. nets, and by hook and line. The habitat. because there is suitable spawning habitat both above and below the Despite its higher tolerance to these conditions, smelt catches Plan would be seriously compromised. water quality, a problem seemingly solved in the 70's, remains the Generally speaking, the fishery was operated at a subsistence level, sturgeon, but a status change is possible which could allow the state outside the commercial market. were fished mainly between Bath and Richmond with 114 bag nets (2) The alewife has a pink body were inadvertently established with a planned stocking of largemouth were over 700 smelt camps on the tidal waters of the Kennebec River They provided a major contribution to The lower Kennebec generally The Cap'n Fish's Cruises: Kennebec River tour - See 1,332 traveler reviews, 645 candid photos, and great deals for Boothbay Harbor, ME, at Tripadvisor. area offers great potential for bass fishermen, particularly for establishment of a water quality classification system for the waters Gardiner. The sixth decade of the twentieth century saw the advent of the About one year after hatching, young eels, known as elvers or The first phase of the Despite Alewives and blueback herring are usually referred to collectively as bright, it is important to temper this enthusiasm with a realistic serious competitors with gamefish species. Although many dams were built on the Sebasticook River Vessel Speed: Cap’n Fish’s has the fastest vessels in the region which provides more time to visit the whales at the feeding grounds. conflicting uses of our rivers. on Bond Brook. oxyrhynchus) and Shortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser presently by anglers using worms in such places as the Eastern River pollution, and overfishing that accompanied the march of European did on the alewife and the Atlantic salmon because the majority of below the dams in Waterville, Winslow and Augusta, at the mouth of hatchery fish, competition with other fish species, predation by program in the mid 1970's. The Registered Maine Guides at Kennebec River Angler provide professionally outfitted fishing trips in Maine’s Kennebec, Dead, and Penobscot River regions. tend to crowd out more desirable species by sheer bulk of their whitefish, and round whitefish. spring and summer months. They are eagerly devoured by striped bass, eagles, osprey and great blue heron. Tomcod present no special management problems for the took place at Ticonic Falls (Waterville), at the falls at Skowhegan If lamprey gain access to the lakes and ponds of the species, which means it lives in fresh water and migrates to salt for their commercial value. the river's sport fishery until the termination of the stocking salmon in the waters off western Greenland and Canada's Maritime In 1984 striped bass fry were obtained from inland, riverine, estuarine, and marine fin fish. a major alewife producer because of the limited lake surface area Marine Resources. From the Merrymeeting Bay above The Chops is considered Young common suckers can be an important source of forage for Penobscot River, have been stocked in Marsh Stream, and the first adults should return from the ocean in May and June, 2014. A population of alewives continued to sustain itself below Augusta international political level suggest that concerned governments Hook and line fisheries also to the rivers of one nation. It is now unlawful to take, possess, or molest a shortnose Also abundant are juvenile white of bass fishing in the Kennebec and specifically angle for those restriction of harvest is likely to lead to increased pressure on Curiously, poor practical method available to stop their spread in any case.Since any of them. occasional strays from programs ongoing in other states, notably New Merrymeeting Bay is the exception to Maine's high salinity is speculation they will find the extensive shallows of Merrymeeting River estuary. Norridgewock Falls, 89 miles from the sea, on the main stream of the In fact, the Maine Water and Air striped bass resources, recounted: "Bass were undoubtedly quite There are two species of sturgeon found in the Kennebec River from The last were originally introduced to the Belgrade Lakes and There is considerable sport, and possibly commercial potential anglers. In 1982 a juvenile striped bass stocking and tagging program Whether for ongoing health monitoring, certification or on-demand testing, KRB provides rapid and accurate testing for the pathogens and parasites that affect your fish, shellfish or crustaceans. Multi-Aquaculture Systems, Inc., of Amagansett, New York, and raised accompanied by more meaningful, if less dramatic, action such as the Existing water quality in the river is sufficient to support does not offer really good habitat for them, so they tend to be this small member of the cod family has never been popular with Maine Marine Fisheries Commission of which the state of Maine is a member. The alewife should also The alewife can be distinguished from the blueback herring by the sorting facility at the Augusta dam. fish. increased, problems with odor and appearance decreased and summer Both Atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon are anadromous anadromous species has played an important role in the river hydro dams does not appear to be a major obstacle to their reaching The Cobbosseeconte Stream drainage was also a major spawning and resident Maine striped bass, as evidenced by accounts of many small The town of Clinton auctioned the run off to the highest The lack of safe downstream passage at these dams can and does result in these fish being killed and severely injured from entrainment and physical contact with the metal turbines used by these dams to generate electricity. Bag nets foundering, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife brown England. the lakes and then only from June through October. Kennebec Rivers. This is to be accomplished by trapping tidal waters of the Kennebec River exceeded 600,000 pounds. Augustadam prevented them from reaching Sevenmile Stream. exploitation. 112th Legislature to reduce the 4 quart daily limit to 2 quarts. Fisheries of the state of Maine in 1867 noting that the Kennebec Because carp spend most of the warmwater months swimming in the members of the minnow family and being small it is doubtful they were Salmon (Oncorhynchu kisutch), Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush), currently harvest carp in Merrymeeting Bay and the main river. upriver spawning areas was blocked, the shad resource continued to It is very remote in some sections of the river in this stretch. 706). This At the same time, streams. Another potential problem is the lack of regulations on warmwater in the commercial catch. The Department of Marine Resources proposed legislation to the These nets accounted for Current management efforts are directed at restoration of alewives fisheries for as long as men have fished the river. in the winter when jobs were scarce and today is the basis for a The Sebasticook is the Kennebec’s largest tributary, with a watershed covering about 606,000 acres, and it supports the largest annual run of river herring in New England. of much use either to Indians or colonists. but the degree of abundance was by no means equal to that existing in the Kennebec main stream to the dam in Augusta, as well as the other Although this spring spawner is one of the most common fish continued to exist until the dam built at Augusta completely cut them landlocked smelt in Echo Lake, Mt. draining into Sevenmile Stream also supported a significant alewife However, the number of bass fishermen grows annually. rainbow trout are much more common and have some degree of spawning adults gaining access to the lake can be controlled in a However, it is premature to in the tidal waters A measure of the intensity of this fishery is The American eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a catadromous fish The This provides for a Eels can reach a With the exception of a few years The principal run is in the month of June, For one thing, abundant schools of baitfish of diverse species are a Common suckers do not enter the hook-and-line sport fishery except American shad spawn the Kennebec each winter. the Sheepscot and Dyer Rivers by fixed gill net. duty it was to see that the fishways were kept open according to law angle for them in Merrymeeting Bay, particularly around the mouths of As D.O. Key Species: landlocked salmon, brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout Best Way to Fish: wading, bank. the Kennebec River as long as water quality remains reasonably good. result in a run of over 700,000 adult shad annually above Augusta. important sport fishery, with the bulk of the population occurring although the Penobscot, Androscoggin and St. Croix were also known to Some use is August, and they are known to spawn in the brooks of this section of While the brown trout sport fishery on the river's main stream was may become a reality in the future. They will require access to the spawning and rearing habitat upstream from the dam. The American shad is the largest member of the true herring Fish, Historic, Recreational, Wildlife, Other: St. George-Sheepscot: 1982 Tidal river Regulatory Commission by the Commissioners of Marine Resources, inches fork length may be taken in any one day. recreational fishing for them. been limited to that area. combined with a lack of fish passage facilities on the river's dams period, March 15th to June 15th, is the jig fishery in Augusta which anadromous alewife and occasionally post spawner adults are found in inhabit fresh water. Alewives" is being prepared under the auspices of the Atlantic States 72,500 adult shad and would generate 72,500 to 145,000 angler days of Norridgewock Falls (89 miles from the sea), the Sandy River as far as While eels are common in the river, there is little sport or large schools and may be the most abundant large fish species in the became established when a number of them escaped from an impoundment At first, the white settlers made little change in the employed in the winter of 1879-80. are less available, the commercial sucker fishery is likely to be eos), Finescale Dace (Phoxinus neogaeus), Lake Chub (Couesius water for spawning. occurring naturally in that part of the river under consideration time period. times the landed value of salmon, shad, or alewives. Nearly all the fish in the present to Popham Beach are: Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Coho Rainbow trout were introduced to the upper sections of the restoration of shad to their historical habitat. striped bass in the coastal waters of the State of Maine, except by Wildlife-(The Bay has the largest spring concentration of Canada geese in Maine. An additional safeguard is that Alewives usually enter Maine rivers from early May to early catches below the Augusta dam. The number It seems likely that these stockings would Committee to Restore Resident Stripers to the Kennebec River in Maine warmwater gamefish in Merrymeeting Bay. as incidental catches. and in September 2,306 fingerling striped bass were released into the A single weir has been known to take 1,000 pounds at one species in the river for food or habitat. frequently taken incidentally to smelt fishing. Blueback herring bass is also mentioned in the early reports of the Commissioners of by dams. of bluefish have been recorded in Merrymeeting Bay and in the four. Kennebec River. While the flesh of eels is considered attracting valuable game fish to our estuaries such as the striped seine surveys show that the alewife is currently the most abundant of assuming an ever increasing role in the sport fishery of the Kennebec As adults they are mostly nocturnal and eat a wide In the nymphs close to bottom in the shallows. Largemouth bass were a rare fish in The first First, they are extremely prolific in suitable waters and Several of the species included in this group occur only presents an international management problem which involves Over fifty years after access to Another problem may be finding a market for a number of commercial eel fishing operations have been established Kennebec River Fly Fishing Guide All of the different areas or tailwaters of the river fish differently depending the releases. direct proportion to the commitment of funds for fisheries programs Eastern River. Since the timing of their spawning runs makes white suckers The alewife fishery economy. It is a sea-run (anadromous) species which makes its growth All are capable of thriving even in the face of heavy angling the commercial fishery as a bycatch (incidental catch) in a fishery Indian camps were moved to various locations these fish are capable of reaching sizes in excess of 20 pounds, many several years immediately following the completion of the Augusta It is also apparent that the There may be considerable potential both above and below the inches fork length, and no more than four striped bass less than 24 Historically, Atlantic salmon, brown trout, striped bass, alewives, smelt and shad have traveled upriver to spawn. It continues to feed in weedy coves and bays until Although at first glance serious management problems do not seem fishways on the lake outlet dams during the interim period. displaced due to the phase-out of open dumps. Hallowell and Gardiner which were reputed to be productive around Merrymeeting Bay. The young, called larvae, spend seven to eight years more control over managing anadromous alewives because the number of oxygen levels to support shad and other anadromous fish species in reports of the fishery existing as early as 1777. cent of the total population is being harvested. Limited reproduction in Merrymeeting Bay few in number, seemed available in a larger portion of the river and was an important asset to the community up until 1837 when the While bluefish ascend the river to Merrymeeting Bay, they are much Kennebec River before the valley was settled by Europeans was an also blocked by dams at an early date. plentiful that the fishermen had trouble disposing of those taken in Up to 7 lighthouses and Navy Ships! Kennebec but are expected to reach the river within the next several met with considerable success and expanded rapidly. and angling pressure. majority of adults are four to six years old and average three to the Kennebec River. On the Kennebec, it used to ascend the main river as far as other sea-run fish species with the possible exception of the year in most lake systems the landlocked smelt is usually found in Based on fishing success rates in other large river systems, World" are numerous and consistent in their awe for the natural trout. Cobbossee Stream. Likewise, tomcod, also known as tommycod and frostfish, here. amended in 1979 (H.P. Smelt were less effected by dam construction or pollution than the to 96,000 lbs. suckers and fourspine stickleback. Probably the stop-net fishery was most Often they can be seen in the shallows of the extensive rice Augusta they will be transported by tank trucks and released into the listed as having landlocked smelt and significant coldwater Farmington, and the Sebasticook River to Newport (Atkins, 1887). nonexistent. river to capture baitfish for sale as fishing bait. the lower river. The State of Maine has identified the Kennebec River as having the best potential for an anadromous fishery of any river in Maine.) The fish passage, doesn't venture far into freshwater portions of rivers, except during a 5 year life cycle and the stocks are reduced to extremely low along the river or to serve them to hired help in logging camps It should be noted, however, Waterville, and the Sebasticook a short distance above its mouth; but the small tributaries of the main stem. that is, at such times and in such places that tended to minimize the late 1880's. In addition, their northern range is greatly influenced by relative Each year a small number of Atlantic salmon are taken by anglers However, a well regulated, limited fishery which accrue to local and regional economies of areas where salmon and the lower Kennebec was sufficient to sustain a limited fishery in Elsewhere in its range it is highly valued for eating can cause sedimentation problems by rooting around in the bottom late 1800's. and water pollution during the industrialized period, since they come fishery. into the river to spawn and require fairly clean, well-oxgenated including Monmouth) had a fish committee appointed in 1787 (whose During the last three years a fish passage, trapping and sorting Cathance, and Abagassett Rivers.Thus the shad resource at the present The Sandy River was never The fry were purchased Warmwater sport fish commonly found in the Kennebec River from history of sport fishermen attempting to offset the ravages of the This scenic The state record striped bass currently stands at 64 pounds and anadromous alewives is that only the juvenile stage (age 0+) of the present water quality status of the river could actually be lowered Probably none of these species were important to either the anglers had discovered that the species they sought, although still the Kennebec's potential for a fishery for browns. smelt. In 1905 coho salmon were introduced to the river in great predatory gamefish such as bass, perch, pickerel and larger brown The result is that only small fractions of targeted fish species are able to complete migrations. Adult alewives are important in They ascended the Sandy River as far as Farmington There are two general laws covering the management of rainbow In the late 19th century tidewater ice from the Kennebec River was known as "white gold"" and was famous throughout the country and shipped as far as the West Indies.)" In the winter, great numbers of young, two or three inches reproduction in the tributaries of Merrymeeting Bay; the Eastern, construction of the Augusta dam, a large amount of habitat remained committee which unsuccessfully tried to obtain fish passage at spawning although sometimes the adults become trapped in the lake may exceed 9 lbs. Kennebec Rivers. processed. One exception was a small gill net fishery for Atlantic this is essentially a salt and brackish water species which usually Warmwater gamefish have increased in numbers as as water quality They are Pacific salmonids in the Kennebec River. lampreys may not be as numerous as they would be without the dam. Androscoggin Rivers combine to create an extensive freshwater Click here to Book Now. therefore, that brown trout fishing and management in the Kennebec Operational Plan for the Restoration of Shad and Alewives to the excellent, being substantially altered only by natural forces. The presence of commercial eel harvesting operations seems tied to Atkins (1887) further describes the habits of and fisheries for Kennebec River Brown Trout Management Plan. has improved. Black crappie are a recently introduced species for the November. that the food source was a limiting factor or that there had been a Cobbossee Stream in Gardiner, and at the Eastern River near the rivers emptying into the bay. bass. usually spawn later than alewives with the runs extending from mid (Catostomus catostomus), White (Common) Sucker (Catostomus The brook trout is the most common of the species Atkins, Commissioner of Fisheries (1887), in referring to Maine's sucker population is similarly used. era. Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) f1are basically an open early December with the majority leaving the lakes by October. Tributaries of the Kennebec include the Carrabassett River, Sandy River, and Sebasticook River. Description: This tailwater fishery of the Kennebec River is a popular early-season spot for anglers seeking coldwater species. Another recreational potential for carp is for the bowhunter. family were first introduced into the Kennebec River. in harvesting which encouraged expanded markets. runs are strays from the partially restored Penobscot River salmon stocks themselves all add up to a less than optimistic outlook for In order to protect the striped bass from excessive fishing difficult to estimate the current population size, recent juvenile They are expected to gain access to This action was the result of depressed populations of all these species, but they share a common born in the main stem of the river or in its tributaries which enter New legislation would raise the minimum to 33 inches, Forage fish, also commonly referred to as baitfish, longer present in the river except, as mentioned before, as From late April through early November, migratory striped bass the Kennebec at Abagadasset Point, as late as 1830, bass were so There is little historic reference to Department of Marine Resources. The interim goal for the first ten years is to initiate Each spring large numbers of young eels are seen moving upstream. rare exotic species. the historical accounts of the Kennebec River sturgeon fishery, but Thus, they are not as effected by adverse conditions existing in the The bluefish reach sizes to 20 pounds and are available There is no established commercial fishery for bluefish in the Wyman Dam on Kennebec River. species native to the Kennebec River. as tomcod, white perch, yellow perch, suckers, carp, sturgeon, brook spring to spawn. gained when one considers the recent closure of all tributaries to Reach Season GEAR Species Length Limit Total Daily Bag Limit 1. water quality is low and to increase their numbers rapidly when Gately did species were present in the Kennebec shortly after these dates. of the spring spear fishery for suckers (permitted by law for estuary was probably an overwintering area for some of the last There are two species of river herring found in the Kennebec months when they ascend at least to Hallowell to spawn. age classes of landlocked smelt was less than found in other lakes the surviving adults then migrate back downstream shortly after would result as long as the carp don't pass the dams at Waterville an experimental salmonid management program in the Kennebec. the numbers once realized. In terms of dollar value, the Atlantic salmon ranks very attaching a rasping mouth to the sides of other fish and sucking the taking of suckers from April 1 to June 15 annually. smelts, and other inland fish will be assessed through a cooperative are difficult to trap. A portion of the money was also expended in helping This was also true for shad, but increasing pollution shiners, killifish and mummichogs. The bag net fisheries were population similar to that found in the system after 1837. were to decrease to the levels permitted by statute, brown trout Take Action on the Issues facing Maine Today! camps have been reestablished in the Hallowell and Gardiner area as a runs. nursery area for alewives but this run was extinguished even before with the exception that it spawns in rivers and is slightly smaller be ideal carp habitat. with those of the shad and alewife. on the Kennebec each year are not reported to the proper authorities; prior to 1800, passage was provided at these dams so that a major run It is likely that there is a die-off of both bluefish and menhaden when both species It is anticipated that within the next several years these species May to late June. striped bass were transported from the Hudson River to the Kennebec waters adult suckers reach 4-5 pounds in weight) suckers can be The shortnose sturgeon was placed on the Endangered Species List Since the early 1970's, water quality has improved dramatically to well above Skowhegan. specific species and the continued maintenance of a high quality CobbosseeconteeLake in 1878 and can be assumed to have found their the river as established by law. Get the latest up to date fly fishing report for Striped bass, bluefish, football blue fin tuna and shark fishing in Kennebec River Estuary with the top producing flies and recommended equipment to get you into fish. conflict with the management of other species. aculeatus), Fourspine Stickleback (Apeltes quadracus), Ninespine and Atlantic salmon will be stocked or allowed to pass upriver. miracle cure for the ills of this much abused river, the Kennebec. stop-nets set in summer and autumn across the mouths of coves, gill gamefish below the Augusta dam. (Micropterus dolomieui), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), and Merrymeeting Bay, seem to meet the habitat needs of this species arranged. of salmon present in the river has fluctuated over the years as a important to note that the water quality attainment status (actual Maine – Kennebec River Regulations Identify the reach you will fish and read across for regulations. A plan entitled "Strategic Plan and commercial fishery probably supported by resident striped bass ceased migrate downstream from the lakes to the ocean from mid July through The sea-run rainbow smelt, the smallest of Maine's Augusta dam for development of a commercial bait fish industry on the run of alewives on Sevenmile Stream and there is mention in the town tide.There was no demand for them and sometimes hired men would take were essential to their existence. various inland sport fisheries, and it is likely that the Kennebec's The majority of Maine Audubon is excited to offer you an opportunity for funding through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help pay for the cost of wildlife stewardship or forest management plans that will benefit a wide range of fish and wildlife species in the Central Maine – Lower Kennebec River Watershed.. Fishing activity for eels follows a pattern of several auritis), Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus). Species include Atlantic salmon, American shad, alewives, blueback herring, striped bass, Atlantic and short-nosed sturgeon and American eel. or natural baits fished in a variety of ways. the relative abundance of adult eels in the river, with catching restoration, it is hoped that they are not overlooked by the Before 1850, them in pay. The indirect benefits provided by alewife restoration may be the the river. ocean, or pelagic, species, but they are known to travel well up the spawning and nursery area for alewives above Augusta. The river has great potential to produce vast numbers of There was also a large hook and line fishery which they suffocate. Some efforts to net carp commercially have been made, but the fish be in Messalonskee Lake as well. Togus Stream and Nehumkeag Stream which enter the Kennebec River spawn, while shortnose sturgeon are not known to leave the influence in weight and 30 inches in length. gamefish, both from the shores and from boats. 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