The Association began in the early 1990’s when the landlocked salmon population in Sebago Lake, a species which many of the members enjoyed fishing for, appeared to be crashing. Catch rates were down, weight and size measurements were down, and it appeared the culprit was a lack of adequate forage fish within the lake to sustain the level of fish the lake was capable of supporting. Working with Maine’s Inland Fisheries and wildlife, University of Southern Maine’s Biology Department, and Club volunteers the first “seeding” of smelt as the preferred forage fish was begun. Smelt were captured in area rivers and estuaries, “milked of their roe and milt and the fertilized eggs were then transferred to burlap blankets and installed in the tributaries of Sebago Lake where they were allowed to hatch and imprint on waters feeding Sebago lake. The project supplemented thousands of naturally produced smelt and the crisis was averted. The members at the time and since have decided that there was value in continuing the club as a clearing house for timely and accurate information on local fishing; as an activist agent for positive change on issues affecting fisheries in the Sebago Lakes region; and, as a venue to assist parents and children explore the many wonders of fishing.