Largemouth bass fishing on Wat-Tuh Lake in Phippsburg, Maine (June 29, 2013)

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General view of Wat-Tuh Lake

General view of Wat-Tuh Lake

Wat-Tuh Lake is a 26-acre body of water located right next to the ocean in Phippsburg, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 D4). This pond can be reached by driving down Sebasco Road and right through the Sebasco Harbor Resort (including its golf course) located at the southwestern end of the pond. Once in the resort, turn right on Pine Drive which goes over a berm separating the pond from the adjoining sea. The rough access point to the pond is located on the right at the end of this berm. Beware that it can only accommodate small hand-carried craft such as a canoe or kayak. Parking is along the weedy side of the berm. GoogleMaps shows that Pine Drive can also be reached from the north but I did not try out that route. A second rough access point is also present at the northern tip of the pond next to Sebasco Road.

 

 

 

 

 

View of the channel running through the floating vegetation in Wat-Tuh Lake

View of the channel running through the floating vegetation in Wat-Tuh Lake

 

Wat-Tuh Lake is a pretty pond. It is also extremely weedy with tea-colored water. Over two thirds of its surface area is covered with dense lily pads interspersed with various other aquatic plant species. I notice an aerator floating on the pond surface next to the resort which throws a fountain of water high up into the air. I don’t know if this feature was installed to prettify the pond or to prevent it from stagnating… Besides the resort at the southern end, only a handful of houses are visible from the pond. The rest of the shoreline is covered by woods. A relatively narrow channel winds its way from north to south in the center of the pond. General fishing rules apply (click here for more details).  This water body is also relatively shallow (maximum depth = 12 ft; mean depth = 6 ft). Click here for a depth map and more fisheries information.

 

 

What is a beached whale doing in Wat-Tuh Lake??

What is a beached whale doing in Wat-Tuh Lake??

I reach Wat-Tuh Lake at around 10:30 am with Christian, my 10-year old nephew. A wet breeze wafts in from the nearby ocean and the whole region is covered in a thick blanket of fog. The air is saturated with moisture but at least it is not raining. We launch the canoe and start fishing the weedy edges and various openings in the dense lily pads using soft stick baits, a buzzbait, and a floating Rapala. We let the breeze gently push us to the other end of the pond. We cast, and cast, and cast but generate not a single strike. This unexpected development is rather strange: the pond is supposed to have largemouth bass, fish habitat is definitely present, and the weather conditions are in our favor. Rather than beat a dead horse, though, I decide to call it good and move on to the next pond on my list. Overall, I’m not impressed with our fishing experience on Wat-Tuh Lake and will not bother visiting it again in the future. I will note, however, that this pond has been confirmed to contain northern pike, which may be worth targeting.

 

 

 

The result: Christian and I were both skunked after 1 hour of fishing.

 

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