Presumpscot River

Key Species: brown trout, brook trout, landlocked salmon

Best Way to Fish: wading

Best Time to Fish: April through September

MAG: 5, D-2

Description: Clear and cold, this river is an outlet of Sebago Lake (Site 6). Even in dry weather, a good head of water can be expected, making for good angling when other streams and rivers are too low. Special fishing regulations on various sections of the river include fly-fishing-only, no-kill on landlocked

The cool, clear Presumpscot River. Ths angler S about to work a run with a small dry fly salmon, a one-fish bag limit on trout, and closed sections of river; check the open water fishing regulations carefully before fishing. Water levels can rise quickly here, so be on the alert when wading. It is possible to fish without wading, but you will be somewhat limited. Windham has plenty of motels and nearby Sebago Lake State Park offers camping.

Fishing index: This is a good place to take landlocked salmon in the early spring. Use size 8 or 10 bucktails and streamers. In late April and May, trout can be taken on the surface during the mayfly hatches. Be sure to carry some red quills and Hendricksons. You should also carry some dun variants in size 14. Variants are more durable than traditional winged flies and are proven fish takers during the red quill hatch. Even when no flies are showing, skipping a heavily dressed dun variant across the surface will elicit a strike. This river is heavily stocked. In 1995, 2,000 brook trout, 1,060 landlocked salmon, and 3,500 brown trout were planted here. Good-sized carry-over fish are present here as well, offering the possibility of hooking into a real trophy.

Directions: From North Windham, drive south on Maine Route 35. The bridge over the Presumpscot River is 0.4 mile from town. Look for a gravel road by the bridge, leading to a good-sized parking area. Begin fishing downstream. Look for an obvious path on the left side of the river. You can also gain access to the river from the Windham Center Road and the Hurricane Road, both downstream from Maine Route 35.

For more information: Call Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Regional Office in Gray.

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