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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-13-2012, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Kennebec river, Maine

Hi guys.
I'm looking for some info on the Kennebec river in Maine. My wife and I will go to Acadia national park on a vacation the last two weeks of september. We will arrive from Quebec from road 201 in Jackman. I have read that there is a portion of the Kennebec that should be fishable at the Forks for brook trout and landlocked salmon.
First, what are the calendar dates for the end of the season there?
Second, can I get a fishing license in Jackman?
Third, is this heavy water or something that I would enjoy with occasionnal use of a wading staff?
Fourth, one handed or two handed rod?
Thanks a lot for your help!

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Not from Maine, but i fished the Kennebec a couple years ago, while on business trip.
You can buy your license online and print it before you get there, one less thing to worry about. here's the link

Incase noone else pipes up with info, you can find seasons here

I fished at Madison, which i believe i down stream of the Forks.
The river was WIDE, here is a pic. Upstream it might be less expansive.

I fished with single hand 8wt and caught sticklebacks by comparison to the rod. I'd say you'd get away with a single hand unless you're into distance casting.

Where I fished (Father Rasle Road) was quite deep close to shore, up to my waist, and the water was pretty powerful, for me as a spritely 31yo (then). Not sure about up stream, but wading staff might not be the worst thing to bring if you have one - better to have it and not need it, than to not have it and wish you did.

Contact the guys at Kennebec River Outfitters, they'll be able to help you a bit more than me.

hope this helps.

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Oh mannnnnn. Great pics.

The father rastle road was my sanctuary my last several months living in Maine.
I have fished some beautiful water, but my heart belongs the the rivers of Maine.

Forks is great. Shawmut is not too far, which I enjoyed fishing immensely.

I agree that a single hander would be adequate.
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The prime brook trout and salmon water on the Kennebec is in the first several miles below Moosehead Lake (known as the East Outlet). This is largely pocket water, somewhat challenging wading, and probably best fished with a single hander. The stretch just downstream of the dam in Bingham/Solon has brookies, salmon, and rainbows and could be fished with a light two hander or a single hander. There are trout to be had from there down to Shawmut/Waterville, but the farther south you go, the more rainbows and then browns and smallmouths you will find. The stretch below Shawmut dam is a but a shadow of its former glory; the trout population crashed in 2009, and the state has struggled mightily to restore it with little luck so far. There are some beastly smallmouths there, however. By late September, there are likely to be some larger striped bass moving up the river; they may not be all the way to Waterville by then, but who knows?? 40 inch plus fish are taken there every fall. It's one of my favorites all summer long - stripers and smallmouths in June, smallmouths all summer, then back to stripers and smallmouths in September and October. Drop me a PM if you'd like more details.

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Lots of options!

Frankly, I'm amazed at how generous fishermen are with perfect strangers

Thank you all for your knowledge and priceless advises.
I'll ponder my options, but I don't discard the Kennebec river Outfitter gang. I have been trough their website and it seems very interesting regarding all the possibilities they offer. I'll see with my beloved one what is in the best interest for the two of us

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