Great fishing in the Androscoggin River

I am going to start sharing some of my favorite fishing stories over the next few months. Some of these are in my book, A Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing, published by North Country Press. Today I’m going to tell you about an amazing fishing experience on the Androscoggin River.

My friend Harry Vanderweide heard there was good fishing in the Androscoggin below Rumford, so we drove both of our vehicles up there and parked one at a boat launch downriver and then drove the other vehicle up to Dixfield and launched our canoe into the river just below Rumford.

It was a phenomenal day of fishing. I caught 50 bass and Harry caught 70. We returned to that section of the river several times and always enjoyed great fishing.

I also enjoyed a fishing trip on the upper river from the New Hampshire border to Bethel with my friend Bill Pierce. We did not catch a lot of fish but we caught some nice brook trout and, if I remember right, we also caught some lake trout.

I have fished several other sections of the Androscoggin, including a few miles south of Bethel, a section just above Auburn, and the section below the big dam in Brunswick, but none matched that first day Harry and I fished the river.



George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.