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Freshwater Fishing in Maine

Catching a fish while freshwater fishing in Maine.

Catching a fish while freshwater fishing in Maine.


The streams and rushing rivers of Maine flow through one of the largest and most pristine wilderness habitats in the continental United States. Maine’s lakes and ponds are surrounded by dense green forests and bold mountains that beckon anglers of all skill levels. Maine’s waters are home to several species of fish that can provide exciting action for those willing to try their luck.

Fishing in Maine’s freshwater is surprisingly easy to do. Registered Maine Guides are in the business of helping you find the best places to fish, and can even provide you with a boat (if necessary) and the gear you need. Friendly locals are also great sources of information on the best fishing spots and where to get gear. In addition, Maine’s many sporting camps cater to the visiting angler by providing access to boats and gear of their own; some might even share the location of their favorite fishing spot with you!

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 or through outfitters, and at local drug and sporting goods stores, information centers or convenience stores throughout the state.

Get acquainted with your favorite fish species. Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has information about fishing opportunities throughout the state.