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Sebasticook River

You can fish while viewing the forests, farmlands and villages that characterize central Maine by visiting theSebasticook River. You can easily access this river and it'salsoa good river to fish with children because of the variety of species that are relatively easy to catch all season long.You can also take an extended canoe trip, as the river is navigable for 25 miles from Pittsfield downstream to Winslow, with portages required around the dams in Burnham and Benton.


As the largest tributary to the Kennebec River,the SebasticookRiverplays an important role in the ongoing efforts to restore anadromous fisheries in the Kennebec basin.Itslarge drainage area, which includes several headwater ponds, and the absence of significant natural barriershave resulted inthe Sebasticook watershed historically providingmuch of the available spawning and nursery habitat for alewives, rainbow smelt, American shad and striped bass in the Kennebec River watershed.Habitat in the Sebasticook is more suited for its resident warmwater species—smallmouth bass, white perch and pickerel—than for trout or salmon,although brook trout are stocked in several locationseach spring. TheSebasticook also has asmallmouth bass fishery.

Fishing Methods

The river is relatively slow-moving throughout much of its coursebecause of its low gradient. It also haseasy rapids and pools in several sections. Dams in Pittsfield, Benton and Burnham create flowage areas where it is possiblefor you tofish quiet water from a small boat or canoe.You can fish from shore or wade inmany sectionsof the river. With the recent removal of the Fort HalifaxDam in Winslow just above its confluence with the Kennebec River, the lower reaches of the Sebasticook have reverted toafree-flowing river.You can now fish thelowerfivemiles for landlocked salmon, brown trout, shadandstriped bass, in addition tosmallmouth bass.