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Just a short drive from beautiful beaches and rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean, southern Maine is a popular destination for anglers in search of trout and other sport fish. The lakes don't have to be large, just well stocked. The 224-acre Kennebunk Pond in the town of Lyman is well known for its 14 species of fish including landlocked alewives.
Kennebunk Pond is stocked annually with 400 to 500 brown trout, brook trout, and some rainbow trout when they are available. The pond's shoreline is lined with seasonal cottages and year-round homes, but there is a town-owned beach and boat ramp near the outlet of the pond. Kennbunk Pond is a very popular fishing destination during all seasons with morning and evening being the busiest times. In the 1990s, landlocked alewives were stocked and since then fish in the 1- and 2-pound class are considered common and 5-pound fish are average. Because of its clean spring fed water and 43 foot maximum depth, fishermen can enjoy catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, while perch, chain pickerel, sunfish, brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and alewife. During the winter months, the pond produces some of the best ice fishing in the area. The deepest water runs from the middle of the pond toward the east end, but some of the most active fishing areas are from the center of the lake toward the west end in 20 to 30 feet of water. Fly fishing is also popular from boat or shore. Small boats will have no problem with the pond's east end public access off Route 111, which runs between the towns of Biddeford and Sanford, via the Kennebunk Pond Road. Larger boats will probably not be able to use the rather shallow access area.
There is no camping on Kennebunk Pond, but vacation rentals on the water are available. There is a small picnic area near the beach where swimming is allowed. If you're looking for traditional camping, you might want to try Bunganut Pond which sits to the west of Kennebunk Pond. This 300 acre body of water is home to 10 species of sport fish. There is a carry in boat launch on the north shore as well as several large campgrounds.
If Kennebunk Pond is a bit too crowded, Swan Pond, north of Kennebunk Pond is a private pond also known for its excellent fishing. There are lots of vacation rentals on the lake where you can fish from the privacy of your own dock or take a boat out onto the quiet water. There is no public access to Swan Pond.
Further north of Kennebunk Pond is Wadley Pond and Roberts pond both well known for their smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white perch, bullhead, sunfish, black crappie and American eel. Roberts Pond, at 83 acres, is separated from neighboring Wadley Pond, at 120 acres, by a causeway on the Fryes Bridge Road. The shoreline surrounding Roberts pond is mostly uninhabited and great for shore fishing. The southern shoreline of Wadley Pond is mostly undeveloped with seasonal cottages and year-round homes on the northern side. There is no boat access to the lakes, but car top boats can be launched into Roberts Pond from areas along the causeway. Vehicle parking is restricted to the road shoulder.
30 minutes northeast of Kennebunk Pond you'll find Casco Bay and the Greater Portland area - the hub city of southern Maine. Here you will find interesting shops, museums, and oceanfront restaurants. The Cumberland County Civic Center is the home of the Portland Pirates Hockey Team and the setting for concerts, ice shows and other special events.
Although fishing is the main attraction, Kennebunk Pond and the surrounding area is a beautiful place to visit year round. Spring brings the return of hummingbirds and the haunting call of loons; summer signals vacationers and lakeside cottage owners to enjoy water related activities; fall turns the area into a sportsman's paradise with acres of woods to roam; and winter begins a season for ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling, and downhill and cross-country skiing over miles of snow covered trails.
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