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Sebago Lake

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Sebago Lake, situated just northwest of Portland, is Maine’s second-largest lake. Itencompasses28,771 acres and is bordered by the towns of Casco, Naples, Raymond, Sebago, Standish and Windham. 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).Thelake’s dozens of inlets, coves, underwater islands and rockpilesprovidemany opportunitiesfor youto catch other fish as well, such asbrook trout, black crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and white and yellow perch.You'll find plenty of fishin the two- to six-pound range, with catches also possible in the 15- to 20-pound range.

The primary water source for the City of Portland, Sebago Lake is considered to be one of the purist lakes in Maine. First-time visitors are often fascinated by the water clarity—but thisclear water requires that you use live baits or more realistic baits thanfish in other bodies of watercan tolerate.Anglers use long leaders, typically 25 feet or more, when trolling.

Early spring, shortly after ice-out, is often the most popular time to fish here.Before the water temperatures rise, anglers troll sewed-on smelt, streamer flies and spoons for landlocked salmon in thetwo- to five-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.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.