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More than 100 years ago, the first Registered Maine Guide, Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, wrote fishing columns that were carried in newspapers across the country. In what might have been one of her most inspired moments, she coined Maine’s onetime slogan—“The Nation’s Playground.” At that time, “sports” from New York, Philadelphia, and Boston journeyed to the legendary lakes of Maine.

Maine Fishing Guides

Today, visitors looking for the best Maine fishing spots often turn to Registered Maine Guides, a title that has been a badge of honor and distinction that was first awarded to Crosby in 1897 and only issued to those who have demonstrated thorough knowledge of Maine’s outdoors. There are more than 4,000 licensed guides in Maine, most operating as small independent businesses that offer highly personal, customized experiences.

For a complete immersion into the Maine sporting life, pair a guided fishing adventure with a stay at a traditional Maine sporting camp. Many camps are either owned by Maine guides or have arrangements with local guides, many of whom belong to the Maine Professional Guides Association or the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization.

Freshwater Fishing

Maine’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and hundreds of freshwater lakes, are still thriving today. Fishermen can chase brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pike and musky.

Saltwater Fishing

If you prefer salt spray to bubbling stream, try surfcasting for striped bass or bluefish, or climb aboard a charter for the chance to reel in a feisty bluefin tuna. Discover why Maine’s rugged coastline is the stuff of angling legend.

Get a Fishing License

The fish are hungry, but first things first: you need a Maine fishing license. Get your license from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and be sure to review the fishing laws before you cast a line.

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