In the heart of the Kennebec Valley Region you'll find the Belgrade Lakes, a chain of seven lakes and ponds where you can fish for landlocked salmon, brook trout, northern pike, and largemouth and smallmouth bass.The Belgrade Lakes are located just a few miles from Interstate 95 in the Augusta/Waterville area. You can access each body of water from the shoreline and by boat.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.
The chain of lakes and ponds includes:
- Great Pond: Located in Rome, this pond occupies 8,239 acres with a maximum depth of 69 feet. You can fish for brown trout, brook trout, landlocked salmon, bass, white perch, pickerel and northern pike.
- Messalonskee Lake: Located in Belgrade, this lake covers 3,510 acres with a depth of 113 feet. It is best known for largemouth bass, northern pike and landlocked salmon.
- Long Pond: Located in Belgrade, Rome and Mt. Vernon, this pond is 2,714 acres with a depth of 106 feet. It 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 of more than 20 pounds becoming more common.
- North Pond: Located in Mercer and Smithfield, this pond covers 2,115 acres and is a very shallow body of water with maximum depths of 20 feet. You can expect largemouth bass as large as five pounds and northern pike weighing in the teens.
- East Pond: Located in Oakland and Smithfield, this is another shallow pond known for largemouth bass and brown trout.
- Salmon Pond: This is the sixth in the Belgrade chain, located in Belgrade and Oakland. It is much smaller, at 562 acres, but depths reach 57 feet. You can fish for brook trout, brown trout, salmon, white perch and bass.
- McGrath Pond: This is the seventh and smallest pond in the Belgrades, located in Oakland and Belgrade. It covers 486 acres with a maximum depth of 27 feet. You can fish for brown trout, brook trout, largemouth bass and white perch.