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Why Maine is Known for Fishing

Lighthouses, coastline, lobster, small-town charms of the northeast, numerous fishing camps, and sporting camps, not to mention the people of Maine are just a few of the things that set this state apart.

If outdoors is your passion, "The Nations Playground" is where you need to be. Without even talking about the excellent hunting, this area is filled with lakes, rivers, ponds, spectacular coastlines, and Maine fishing camps for any angler to enjoy.
  • Best Fishing in Maine


    • You don't have to go fishing in Alaska to enjoy trophy-sized brook trout and landlocked salmon. Just head to Rangely Maine sometime after the first half of May's typical ice out. During the summer months, to ensure the best fishing experience possible, try letting your line drop deep into the colder waters.
    • For the fly-fishing angler, this place is the birthplace of some of the most famous fishing flies. It also has many accessible points of access from the shoreline. The shoreline is over 30 miles, and the lake is 6,300 acres located in the picturesque Maine Mountains.

    Moosehead Lake

    • Mountain fishing lakes offer up unparalleled beauty. The Longfellow Mountains don't disappoint with the majestic Mount Kineo overlooking the largest lake in Maine. The location, an hour north of West Forks, makes this freshwater fishing lake a perfect escape for some family fun.
    • To snag one of the big ones, try snuggling up in an icehouse for some ice fishing or fish just after the ice out, which usually begins in May. If you find yourself here during the summer, try the Lil Bay area for some Smallmouth Bass fishing.
    • Lake Trout (also known as Togue) are best when fished for in the shallow waters in the spring and fall. When the weather and the water start to heat up, you will need to use a white or silver lure and set a downrigger to a depth below 40 feet.


    • A lifetime fishing experience can be enjoyed on a fishing trip with one of the many Maine fishing charters located in this area. With so many affordable fishing guide options, you can easily find the perfect charter boat.
    • Striped Bass fishing is prevalent in the northeast with their hard fight and massive size; you would think you were on a deep-sea fishing charter. If striper fishing isn't the fix, you need then head offshore and enjoy some saltwater fishing for Pollock, Cod, and Haddock.

    Other Fishing Spots

    • Cobbosseecontee Lake, Sebago Lake, China Lake, West Grand Lake, and The Penobscot River
  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    • For all the fish species and methods of fishing, it has to offer, the State of Maine keeps things refreshingly simple and clear.
    • Residents and non-residents 16 years and older will need a fishing license to transport fish or fish the inland waters of the state.
    • You can buy a license by heading to a local outdoor sporting goods store or by purchasing a fishing license online. Residents will pay $25 for a season license or $11 for a one-day fishing license. Those just passing through can buy a 1-day non-resident license for $11, a 3-day license for $23, or a seasons license for $64.
    • You can register for a recreational saltwater fishing permit for $1, but several exemptions exist, so we recommend checking with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. An important note is many of the ponds in the state have unique rules and regulations.

Fishing Calendar for the Best Times to Fish in Maine


Where: Beach Pool

Species: Trout


Where: Ponds

Species: Trout


Where: Upper Dam Pool

Species: Landlocked Salmon


Where: Shallow Water

Species: Crappie


Where: Grand Lake Stream

Species: Landlocked Salmon


Where: Moosehead Lake

Species: Salmon


Where: Rangeley Lake

Species: Smallmouth Bass


Where: Casco Bay

Species: Striped Bass


Where: Mousam River

Species: Salmon


Where: Moosehead Lake

Species: Brook Trout


Where: Sebago Lake

Species: Togue


Where: Royal River

Species: Brown Trout


Where is the best fishing in Maine?

Here is a list of the top places in Maine to fish: Grand Lake Stream - Landlocked Salmon and flyfishers dream, Cobbosseecontee Lake - Funny name serious Bass, Sebago Lake - Year-round fishing great for ice fishing, Belgrade Lakes - Near Augusta and great for the family, Megunticook Lake - great for kayakers.

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