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I’m spending the weekend with my family at Sebago Lake State Park, which is located at the northern end of Sebago Lake in Naples. I love camping at this location in early June because we have the camp ground (almost…) to ourselves, yet the weather is warm enough to make an overnight stay a pleasure. It is only later on in the summer that the park will become crowded and noisy on weekends. Christian, my ten-year old nephew and my latest project for turning another family member into an ardent fisherman, asks me if we can go fishing…
I decide to give Sebago Cove a try. I don’t want to drive up to the cove from the state park with my boat because we only have 2 hours to fish. Instead, we leave the state park by car at 5 pm and quickly arrive at the Route 114 bridge over the short thoroughfare which connects Sebago Lake to Sebago Cove in South Naples. We park the car on the “Sebago Lake” side of the road and walk diagonally across the narrow bridge and over the railing to fish the cove by the thoroughfare. Note that this spot is not really “kid friendly” due to its location next to a busy road and the fact that the bridge lacks shoulders to safely walk on. An alternative option is to fish the Sebago Lake side of the thoroughfare.
Sebago Cove is one of many shallow bays where largemouth bass will come to spawn in late May-early June before disappearing back into Big Sebago for the rest of the year. I personally don’t bother fishing this area later on in the spring and summer after the bedding bass have left because the assortment of remaining fish species consists mainly of yellow perch, sunfish, and pickerel. Sadly, Sebago Cove (particularly the upper half) has been overrun by Eurasian milfoil, an exotic invasive plant species which grows unchecked in shallow areas and makes fishing a real challenge. I don’t see any milfoil growing around our spot.
Christian still fishes with a bobber and worms, which has worked well for him this spring and gives him confidence in his growing skills. Fortunately for the two of us, the fish also decide to play along this evening! The worm hasn’t been in the water for more than five minutes when the bobber bobs and starts sliding sideways under the water. Christian has come to understand the concept of patience, based on slowly reeling in the slack line and waiting for the bobber to fully submerge before setting the hook. He deftly sets the hook and brings in a huge sunfish the size of a small plate. The action is non-stop over the next two hours, and ultimately yields seven fish, including a little largemouth bass! The latter makes Christian’s day because it’s the first largemouth he’s ever caught. He missed many more fish, but that hardly matters given his successful evening. We leave at 7:15 pm back to camp. Christian has a big smile on his face, and so do I!
The results: Christian hooked and landed three yellow perch, three sunfish, and a largemouth bass in 2 hours of fishing.
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