Largemouth bass fishing on Sewell Pond in Arrowsic, Maine (June 29, 2013)

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Acces point to Sewell Lake off Route 127

Acces point to Sewell Pond off Route 127

Sewell Pond is a 43-acre body of water located next to Route 127 in the town of Arrowsic, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 C5). The entire shoreline is wooded. Only three houses are visible from the pond, which gives it a nice “remote” feel. General fishing laws apply on this body of water, except that motorboats with internal combustion engines are prohibited. Click here for the latest information on this topic. The pond is also relatively shallow for its size, with a maximum depth of 11 ft and a mean depth of 9 ft. Click here for a depth map and additional fisheries information.

 

 

 

 

Typical view of the Sewell Pond shoreline

Typical view of the Sewell Pond shoreline

 

Sewell Pond is connected to the nearby Kennebec River via Sewell Creek. Adult sea-run alewives enter this creek between early May and early June. They quickly migrate up into the pond to spawn when the water temperature ranges between the mid 50’s and low 60’s. These spawners, and their numerous off-spring, provide an abundant forage base for the resident largemouth bass population. I can only theorize that shad-imitating lures would do well in this pond. Such lures would include small “crippled herring” spoons; rattletraps in blue/silver, black/silver, or silver colors; or shad imitators, such as bass assassins, gummy shads, or mister twisters.

 

View of Sewell Pond from the access point

View of Sewell Pond from the access point

I reach the public access point to Sewell Pond on Route 127 with my 10-year old nephew Christian at around 12:30 pm. We quickly off-load the canoe and eagerly paddle away to explore this pretty body of water. The weather is overcast and foggy, but the rain is holding off. One thing that immediately strikes me about this pond is the apparent lack of fish-holding structure. We see no lily pads, and only tufts of emergent aquatic vegetation or a fallen tree here and there along the shoreline. The water is also tea-colored, but not excessively so.

 

 

 

 

A nice largemouth bass from Sewell Lake

A nice largemouth bass from Sewell Lake

We paddle in a northerly direction on the Route 127 side tossing soft stickbaits, floating Rapalas, and buzzbaits along the shoreline. The action is slow, which is perhaps not surprising given the general lack of holding structure. However, things improve as we work our way towards the north end of the pond: we find several sunken trees, half-submerged bushes, and tufts of vegetation. I toss my Rapala towards a line of bushes but overshoot by a foot and end up stuck in one of the low-lying branches on the water. I work the lure loose at the same moment that a big swirl appears next to it. Sh*t! That was a nice strike. I immediately toss a soft stickbait in the direction of the rise, but miss the spot by 4-5 ft (we all have our beginners moments…). The fish, however, doesn’t hesitate. It pounces on the bait and gets hooked, yielding an 17” largemouth bass.

 

Minutes later, I toss my stickbait towards a root ball about 40 ft away and feel tension building up in the line after another largemouth bass grabs the lure and swims with it. I set the hook and try to horse the fish away from the structure but it gets loose. That was another nice one!! Christian also hooks but loses a smaller largemouth in this general area. We’re excited about the developing possibilities but are  unfortunately chased off the water by a gathering rainstorm. I’m glad that we found the bass after a slow start and a bit of searching. This pond is a definite keeper!

The result: I landed 3 largemouth bass (largest 17”) in 1.5 hours; Christian got skunked.

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