Sebago Lake is the largest southern Maine lake and is the deepest at 308 feet. It
covers about 47 square miles and is the drinking water supply for the Portland water
district. The water is clear and deep, its not uncommon to see 20+ feet down.
The lake offers great fishing for salmon, lake trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass.
The best time of year for bass fishing is spring and fall. Smallmouth bass can be
caught off points and rock piles. Fish the humps and sandy flats that are near the
deep waters of the main lake. Smelts are the primary bait and the larger smallmouth
will be near these large schools of bait. The lake is big and can be intimidating at
times. Largemouth bass can be found up in the Muddy and Sticky River. There is
heavy grass cover in the rivers and weedless top water is your best bet for pulling out
a heavy largemouth. Smallmouth bass can be caught using a Carolina rig with a
watermelon lizard. Small spider jigs and jerk baits are also favorite lures of mine.
Cover a lot of water and move fast with the trolling motor, fish the “looks like nothing
flats”. The smallmouth will cruise the flats (you may go for a while with no luck and
then bang you have one on)! Smallmouth bass range between 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 lbs and
are very aggressive.
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Little Sebago is one of my favorite lakes not only because it’s close to my home but
it provides some excellent bass fishing. I remember when I was a child, my uncle
and dad would rent a cottage every summer for a week and I would spend my time
fishing from dawn to dusk..
The lake is well populated and can be busy with boaters and jet skies in mid
summer. The best time to fish this lake is spring or fall when things quiet down. If
you go during the summer you may want to go on a rainy day or at night.
The lake has three bodies of water; lower narrows to Hunger Bay is a favorite with
tournament anglers. I have seen 27 lbs with 5 fish caught from one cove in Hunger
Bay during a tournament. The middle section offers islands that hold smallmouth
bass and a few largemouth. The lake has mostly sandy bottom and rock piles that
make up the main structure. If you like lots of grass you won’t find it here. The grass
is hydrilla and it grows deep in the upper end. The water is slightly stained in the
northern section and I think it holds some of the lakes biggest bass.
I like to use jigs, crank baits and large soft plastic worms. Fish the rock piles
running your bait from top to bottom. Largemouth will use the rock piles as ambush
points; you need to keep your bait in contact with the rocks. The lower end has
schools of largemouth that move around. Fish the deeper points with crank baits
and jerk baits and when the school moves in you can load up on some heavy fish.
Keep moving from point to point running your baits in the 6 to 8 foot depth.
Lake Arrowhead is Maine’s only lake that is a "Trophy Bass Lake". This means that
the State imposed a strict bag limit on bass. From April 1st to June 20th: all bass
caught must be immediately released. From June 21st through September 30th
there's a two fish limit. Only one fish over 14 inches and all bass over 18 inches must
be releases at once.( 2013 update) This was changed recently and now from April 1
to June 30 all bass caught must be released alive at once. From July 1 to March 31-
Daily bag limit on bass: 1 fish all bass between 16 and 20 inches must be released
alive at once. The Ossipee flowage dammed years ago created this 1,100 acres
reservoir now called Lake Arrowhead. The lake is spread out with small passages
that create numerous backwaters that you can get lost in. Underwater structure from
flooded timber, old rock walls and floating islands give bass ample places to hide.
There is a lot of fishing pressure and some anglers find it bitter sweet. I've fished this
lake for years and have mastered some of my best bass fishing techniques here. The
lake is shallow and is very weedy and gives you a great opportunity to practice on your
shallow fishing techniques. The slug-o by Lunker City is my favorite on this lake. Run
floating jerk baits and shallow diving crank baits down the center area of the long
finger coves. Most anglers go for the shore line and miss the bass that stay near the
slightly deeper water in the middle of these finger like coves. Lake Arrowhead has a
variety of fish from brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, pickerel,
sunfish, and yellow perch. The boat ramp is off the New Dam Road.