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Fishing Regions

A fishing pole rests on the boat's floor.

A fishing pole rests on the boat's floor.


Maine is a vast state, and the fishing opportunities are seemingly endless.

Maine has two kinds of freshwater fish: those that survive best in waters that are cold all year, and those that prefer the warmer, shallower waters of some lakes and ponds--like bass, pickerel, sunfish and perch. Typically, warm-water fish are the easiest to catch, and are the best targets for children and those adults who are new to the sport.

Maine's streams and rivers abound with trout and bass. Fishing along Maine's coastline can be done by surf casting from shore, fishing from a small boat near shore or offshore in a deep-sea charter boat. No license of any kind is required to fish in saltwater. Good-size tuna, shark, pollock, haddock and cod can be taken on the end of a line on an offshore fishing trip. Near shore and from the beach, bluefish and striped bass offer a thrilling fight for anyone, while mackerel and pollock can be caught from a dock.

Some of Maine's best-known fishing lakes include Sebago, Rangeley, Belgrade, Moosehead and West Grand Lake, which each offer a different variety of fish, including salmon, trout and togue (lake trout).

If you're interested in salt water fishing, check out the Maine Department of Marine Resources list of salt water fishing guides.