ELEVATION: 267 FEET
AREA: 28,771 ACRES
Baldwin, Casco, Naples, Raymond, Sebago, Standish, Windham Twps.
U.S.G.S. Sebago Lake, North Sebago, North Windham, Raymond, Naples, Steep Falls, Me.
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Lake trout (togue)
Area - 28,771
Temperatures Surface 72'F 300 feet 41'F
Maximum depth - 316 feet
Principal fishery: Landlocked salmon, lake trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass,
whitefish, cusk and smelt
Sebago Lake, the original home of the landlocked. salmon, is probably the most suitable
lake in the country for the management of this species. The water quality is excellent
with good oxygen down to 300 feet and suitable temperatures below 25 feet with a good food
supply. Transparencies are well above average for lakes in Maine. The large volume of cold
water affords ample opportunity to provide high quality angling for salmon, lake trout,
cusk, and whitefish. DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons have attenuated to very low
levels in the Sebago Lake system. As a result, virtually all species of fish previously
affected by these toxic compounds have recovered. The quality of salmon and other species
now taken front Sebago is equal to or better than any taken prior to the DDT-era. As a
result of this recovery, Sebago is now attracting upwards of 80,000 anglers annually in
pursuit of a prize salmon or lake trout. Because of this heavy utilization, fishery
management has become highly sophisticated and designed to prevent overexploitation and
increased survival to enhance natural spawning. The various management techniques employed
have resulted in greater numbers of wild salmon contributing to the catch. With the two
main tributaries now available to spawning salmon, greater numbers of young salmon are
being observed each year.
This will eventually reduce the dependency on hatchery-reared fish in the Sebago
fishery. Our ultimate goal is to sustain the landlocked salmon populations in Sebago with
greater than 75% wild fish. In order to accomplish this goal, salmon harvest will have to
be kept within the safe yield limits for the lake.
Lake trout introduced in 1972 have become well established, providing fish up to 25
pounds in weight. Trawling surveys show that lake trout are beginning to reproduce
successfully in Sebago, and consequently stocking has been discontinued.
Cusk, whitefish, and smelt are all very popular gamefish with winter anglers.
Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are also becoming very popular among serious bass
anglers. Results tabulated from annual bass tournaments have shown that Sebago's bass are
some of the finest to be found anywhere.
Regulations have played an important role in maintaining Sebago's landlocks. Currently,
the lake is closed to salmon fishing during the winter season. The potential impact from
winter angling could be devastating to Sebago's salmon population and countermand our
management efforts to maintain a high quality, well-balanced population. Sebago is very
accessible and too vulnerable to over-fishing to accommodate winter angling for salmon.
Restrictions on line limits, in summer and winter are designed to reduce mortality of
sub-legal fish and to prevent overexploitation of legal fish. As with any regulation, its
effectiveness is only as good as its compliance. It is hoped that each angler fishing
Sebago will assume his responsibility to comply with the law and to see to it that his
colleagues do likewise. Everyone must do his part to assure management success and to
prevent abuse of this magnificent resource.
Numerous hard-surfaced (fee and no-fee) boat launching facilities are available at
various marinas, camping areas, and at the State Park.
Surveyed - August, 1939 (Revised 1953, 1972, 1984) Maine Department of Inland Fisheries
and Wildlife Published under Appropriation #4550. A contribution of Dingell-Jolinson
Federal Aid Project F-28-P, Maine
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