The Kennebec River is fishing like it is the second week of July instead of prime time, late June. On some days we hammer the fish the whole time we're on the water but see very little surface action. Other days we're fortunate to find schools of breaking fish on the edges of the flats. Some trips are just plain hard - few fish and all deep. The other thing that is making me check my calendar comes armed with razor teeth and a will to fight. Yup, the bluefish have moved into the river. We're catching blues on hardware and flies from Popham all the way up to Bath. The schools that we've encountered are on the smaller side and we've also picked up a bluefish here and there mixed in with striped bass that are holding deep on structure. Although some folks scorn the bluefish, they put up a heck of a fight. The fish that we've caught have been perfectly sized for six, seven and eight weight fly rods.
The Kennebec is still loaded with bait, although many of the mackerel have been chased out by the bluefish. The tides have not been in our favor this week, but we'll see more moving water at more productive times by the coming weekend.
Capt. Peter Fallon