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Maine 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 nearly endless. Fishing in Maine is essentially a choose-your-own adventure.

Maine has the majority of the wild brook trout remaining in the east along with landlocked salmon, and bass, pickerel, sunfish and perch. In general the further north and west you are the more likely that you are in trout habitat although trout exist statewide. Bass fishing in freshwater is predominate in the south central and eastern parts of the state. Anyone over 16 needs a fishing license to fish in freshwater. Licenses can be bought online from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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. 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. Fishing in Maine’s saltwater requires that you are registered which you can do online. If you're interested in salt water fishing, check out the Maine Department of Marine Resources list of salt water fishing guides.

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).