May 18, 2014
One thing we can all count on in the spring is more water than anyone needs or wants.
The Kennebec River is seeing lots of water because its origin begins in the Upper Moose River drainage north of Jackman. It’s a tremendous watershed than drains a massive area beginning just south of the Canadian border. All that water has to go somewhere and that somewhere is the Moose River. Water flows freely until it reaches Brassua Lake. Once Brassua is full every drop of water coming from the Jackman Region has to go into Moosehead and with Moosehead full every extra drop continues on down the Kennebec. Add all the other water from countless streams along the way and it mounts up quickly.
That’s where we are right now. It’ll take sunshine, and the demand for water from trees as they leaf out to slow down the flow. That’s not going to happen overnight but the flow is steadily dropping and hopefully will be at fishable levels by the weekend. Keep an eye on our “Water Flow” page where we post current flows on our rivers every morning.
Other watersheds do not drain as large an area. The Roach River drainage is only in the immediate area surrounding 1st Roach Pond and small mountain streams that rise and fall quickly. As a result the Roach River currently flows at 150 cfs which is very fishable.
The West Outlet of the Kennebec in Rockwood has a small dam that only keeps the level of Moosehead stable is never regulated and always flows at 110-135 cfs all the time and is always fishable. It flows for more than 10 miles into Indian Pond and can be very good spring fishing for trout and salmon yet very few people fish anywhere but around the dam. There is a road on the north side that follows the river for miles. I guess because bass and rough fish are in the system trout and salmon fishermen choose not to fish it. This is the perfect time to begin learning it. It’s always wadable and gives up some big brookies this time of season.
When rivers are too high to fish our small ponds are predictably good fishing this time of season. We are aware that most folks want to be on moving water put it always surprises us that people would rather not fish than have to fish still water. To each his own but there are countless small ponds in this area teaming with wild brookies begging to be fished. And there is a “Small Pond” page on our website. There are 40 trout ponds within 40 miles of Greenville.
So we’ll all keep our fingers crossed that flowing water levels will begin going down soon, they always do but in the meantime there is plenty of productive water to fish.