Key Species: striped bass, bluefish, mackerel possible Best Way to Fish: boat
Best Time to Fish: late May through September MAG: 8, A-2
Description: Upstream from the town landing in Thomaston, this river is swift and narrow. Downstream from the town landing, the river widens out and becomes more like a sheltered part of the ocean than a river. Opportunities for fishing from shore are limited except at the town landing. Camping is available at Camden Hills State Park in Camden and at private campgrounds in Thomaston and South Thomaston. Motels line U.S. Route 1 between Thomaston and Camden.
Fishing index: A medium-sized motorboat is all you need to fish upriver from the town landing. In late May, school stripers enter the river and fishing is good all the way upstream to the bridge over Maine Route 90. Most anglers troll with Rapalas or Rebels. Larger fish, some reaching or surpassing the legal length limit of 36 inches, enter the river in July. When menhaden are running, local anglers take bluefish from the town landing by using sections of menhaden as bait.
Downstream from the town landing is a good spot for boaters to take striped bass, bluefish, and mackerel. You must navigate well to avoid getting tangled in the many lobster traps and buoys. This is a working waterfront as well as a prime recreation area, so expect company. Fishing remains good through September. The author has taken bluefish downstream from the town landing in late September, and lunker striped bass are still in the upper stretches of river at that time of year.
Directions: Headed north on U.S. Route 1, look for a sign for the public boat ramp in Thomaston.
For more information: Contact The Outdoor Sportsman.