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Fishing in Belgrade Lakes

Belgrade Lakes golf course.

Belgrade Lakes golf course.

Photo Credit: Erik Anestad


In the heart of the Kennebec Valley Region are the Belgrade Lakes, a chain of seven lakes and ponds that offer outstanding landlocked salmon, brook trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass and northern pike.

The Belgrade Lakes are located just a few miles from Interstate 95 in the Augusta/Waterville area. Each body of water has its own unique characteristics but all offer outstanding fishing opportunities and plenty of public access from shoreline and by boat.

Great Pond, in Rome occupies 8,239 acres with a maximum depth of 69 feet and offers brown trout, brook trout, landlocked salmon, bass, white perch, pickerel and northern pike.

Messalonskee Lake in the town of Belgrade covers 3,510 acres with a depth of 113 feet and is best known for largemouth bass, northern pike and landlocked salmon

Long Pond in Belgrade, Rome and Mt. Vernon is 2,714 acres with a depth of 106 feet and has historically been one of the top producers of landlocked salmon. Since the introduction of northern pike, anglers have been setting new records with catches over 20 pounds becoming more common.

North Pond in Mercer and Smithfield is a very shallow body of water with maximum depths of 20 feet and covers 2,115 acres. Anglers can expect largemouth bass as large as 5-pounds and northern pike weighing in the teens.

East Pond in Oakland and Smithfield is another shallow pond known for largemouth bass and brown trout.

Salmon Pond is the sixth in the Belgrade chain, located in Belgrade and Oakland and is much smaller, at 562 acres, but depths reach 57 feet and anglers will find brook trout, brown trout, salmon, white perch and bass.

The seventh and smallest pond in the Belgrades is McGrath Pond in Oakland and Belgrade. It covers 486 acres with a maximum depth of 27 feet and offers brown trout, brook trout, largemouth bass and white perch.

Ponds in the Belgrades Lakes chain are open to ice fishing, each with special regulations. Be sure to consult the Open Water & Ice Fishing Laws & Rules.