Rest assured that there is no bad time to go fishing in the Kennebec Valley. Hardwater fishing offers a chill kind of thrill in the wintertime, with huge catches being pulled through holes in the ice. But it’s the fly anglers of spring and fall and the bass fishermen of summer that really get the most out of time spent on the water here. The fly anglers love the northern Kennebec River for its springtime hatches and the chance to read the whirls and eddies. And when warmer days arrive, the ponds and lakes up and down the river offer one of the finest bass fisheries in the country. Please pay special attention to the Open Water Fishing Regulation book as the laws vary for different areas of the River.

Free Fishing Days New to fishing, but want to give it a try? Twice each year, the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife offers individuals looking to fish for the first time the chance to do so without a license. This is a great opportunity for families with young children to give fishing a go. But, if you are coming with kids who have never fished before, leave your own gear behind so you can give your full attention to helping them with their gear.

Hire a Guide You will without a doubt get more out of your fishing experience if you invest in the services of a Registered Maine Guide. Maine has one of the largest and best-tested group of guides around. But that’s no reason not to do your homework. Ask questions. Build rapport. Then make your decision on whom to go with. More than anything, make sure that the guide’s credentials are up to date and that they are responsive to your needs before your first cast hits the water.

Visitor Resources: Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife | Mid-Maine Bass Fishing | Registered Maine Guides

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