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06/03/11 – high water

06/03/11 Well I wish I had better news for you but I don’t. The Kennebec River is still very high and the flow is fast. I don’t have any idea when they’ll be dropping it because there just seems to be too much water everywhere.

The East Outlet is running at 5,400CFS and the river stays high all the way down. Harris isn’t pulsing at all instead they are running it at a steady 7,200CFS. It’s just plain high.

People are fishing it and catching fish but you sure have to be careful where you go and very cautious wading. Bingham is over 10,000CFS, Solon is over 12,000CFS and Shawmut is over 20,000CFS. We’re so used to high water that Shawmut looks low at 20,000CFS but trust me it isn’t low and it isn’t a level you want to try and wade.

There are points you can cast from and in the Waterville-Winslow are people are catching Shad and Alewives. I haven’t seen or caught any Stripers yet. Hopefully, they make it up here this year.

That’s really all I can say about the river and in two days we’re headed for camp so the next Friday Update will be from camp. That is if I can make my jury rigged web hookup work from camp. 🙂

Keep looking at the smaller drainages (St. George is fishing well so is the Sheepscot) and ponds. Fishing is actually good right now if you can find fishable water levels.

Oh, and one more thing – the water temperature in Shawmut is 57 degrees. If this level drops I’ll be on the water looking for hatches because with this temp the hatches are happening.