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Wilder Dam

There is an excellent spring and fall fishery for walleye at Wilder Dam, a few miles down Route 10 from Hanover. Be prepared for crowded conditions when the run has started.

The river is subject to flow variations when the turbines are run to generate power. Conditions below the dam are slippery and extreme caution should be exercised, especially in the spring. Fishermen have lost their lives from unanticipated dam releases.

This locale will produce bass, perch, and an occasional trout. A fun place to fish any time: spring, summer, or fall.

Mascoma River

Head south on Route 10 from Hanover, and continue through the town of West Lebanon. Turn right at the second set of lights, which directs traffic toward I-89. Turn left at the light onto Glen Road at the Power House Mall. The river is on the right and can be approached from any safe pull-off. Many try for bass, white and yellow perch, and trout in this section.

Glen Road joins Mechanic Street in about one mile. The river crosses to the left (north) and can be fished from accessible roads. I usually drive through the city of Lebanon, onto Route 4, and under the I-89 overpass toward Enfield.

The first left beyond the overpass, Riverside Road, takes you close to the river and some good water. Stay left, toward the Riverside Restaurant.

Find a place to park and head for the river. Heading up or downstream, there are many sections — good for wading — holding good trout. The Hendrickson and Hornberg are fly suggestions, #10 or #12. Small spinners of the Mepps type are also winners. The railroad bridge pool downstream has produced a good rainbow or two. You can fish with success all the way to the next railroad bridge, and beyond. It’s a good days outing. Try the pools at the new covered bridge, too.

The dirt road, which forks to the right just before the restaurant, is closed to all vehicles just after the last house. From here anglers must walk, but the Fly Fishing Only rule makes for challenging fishing. Try the pools along this stretch. Go back to Route 4 and drive east to the junction with Route 4A. Take Route 4A and park at the first pull-off on the left. Hike down the hill over the railroad tracks to the river. Trout Unlimited maintains this stretch of water so be conservative in what you keep for the dinner table. This part of the Mascoma ends at a dam, which is the outlet of Mascoma Lake. This is about a mile from the 4A junction.

Last Updated: 10/21/12