Sebago Lake, situated just northwest of Portland, is Maine’s second largest lake, encompassing 28,771 acres and is bordered by the towns of Casco, Naples, Raymond, Sebago, Standish and Windham. It is one of the most popular fishing destinations in the early spring, shortly after ice-out. Before the water temperatures rise, anglers troll sewed-on smelt, streamer flies and spoons for landlocked salmon in the 2-5 pound range. Once surface temperatures rise during the hot summer months, trout and salmon retreat to more comfortable waters below the thermocline, the layer in the water column where warm surface water is separated by cooler waters
Sebago is also one of the state’s deepest lakes with a maximum depth of 316 feet, which makes it popular for lake trout, commonly called by their Native American name, togue. For anglers, fish in the 2-6 pound range are plentiful with catches in the 15-20 pound range possible. Due to the lake’s dozens of inlets, coves, underwater islands and rockpiles, anglers are never at a loss for fishing opportunities.
The primary water source for the City of Portland, Sebago Lake is considered to be one of the purist lakes in Maine and first-time visitors are fascinated by the water clarity. The crystal-clear water requires that anglers use live baits or more realistic baits than can be tolerated by fish in other bodies of water.
Anglers use long leaders though, typically 25 feet or more, when trolling. The mouths of the major tributaries are typical trolling areas for early spring and late fall anglers because of the rock piles in their shallow waters.
Sebago Lake also offers excellent brook trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass angling opportunities as well as white and yellow perch and black crappie.