Smallmouth bass fishing on Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine (June 18, 2016)

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Smallmouth bass fishing on Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine (June 18, 2016)

I focus my attention this morning along the eastern shoreline of Crescent Lake which is still deep in the shadows of the rising sun.

I focus my attention this morning along the eastern shoreline of Crescent Lake which is still deep in the shadows of the rising sun.

Crescent Lake is a 716-acre body of water located in Raymond, Maine (see the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 B2). It is part of an interconnected waterway consisting of four lakes (namely Raymond Pond, Crescent Lake, Panther Pond, and Sebago Lake) and three streams (namely an unnamed and non-navigable stream connecting Raymond Pond to Crescent Lake, the navigable Tenney Riverconnecting Crescent Lake to Panther Pond, and the navigable Panther Run connecting Panther Pond to Jordan Bay in Sebago Lake). The public access point to Crescent Lake is located at its southern tip next to Route 85. The launch is hard-topped and can accommodate big boats. Parking is on the shoulder of Route 85. However, beware that maneuvering the boat to get it down the ramp occurs on busy Route 85 itself.

Crescent Lake is one of many gorgeous ponds which make up the Lakes Region centered around Sebago Lake. It is moderately build up with homes but also contains large swaths of undeveloped shoreline along its western side associated with several childrens’ summer camps, such as Camp Nashoba, Camp Pinehurst, and Camp Agawam. The surrounding landscape is hilly and fully forested. The surface water is clean and transparent. The lake contains a smorgasbord of warm- and coldwater fish species. My target today is the abundant smallmouth population which makes this body of water a premier destination for bass fishing in southern Maine. The substrate along the (eastern) shoreline consists mostly of gravel interspersed with boulders………..CONTINUE READING

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