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Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing in Maine
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       Maine offers fisherman over 6,000 freshwater lakes and ponds in addition to 32,000 miles of rivers and streams. These waters are home to a variety of trophy-sized fish, including trout (brown & brook), landlocked salmon, togue (lake trout), large & smallmouth bass, perch, splake and northern pike and pickerel. Lakes, ponds, streams and rivers offer the thrill of the catch (then, most often, the subsequent release) from ice-out to the end of September. Limited catch-and-release fishing is also available in October. In winter, ice fishing provides even more opportunities for catching trout, salmon, togue, pickerel, pike and perch throughout the state. Licenses are available for one, three, seven and 15-day excursions, or seasonal licenses may also be purchased.

       Maine's coastal regions offer numerous spots for productive saltwater fishing. For those who want to experience the thrill of deepwater fishing, charter boats and head boats are available. Bluefish, striped bass, cod, pollock, halibut, haddock, hake, cusk, false albacore, tuna and shark are just some of the species the area has to offer. Charter boats can accommodate up to six fisherman; head boats can accommodate seven or more anglers. A license is not needed for saltwater fishing in Maine, however fisherman must comply with the restrictions.

       For more information about fishing charters, Registered Maine Guides offering fishing trips and instruction, licenses, regulations, seasons, limits, and area taxidermists, please see the following links. For a map of Maine (PDF file) click here.


4Fishing in Maine:
4Related Links: Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing in Maine

ME Dept. of Marine Resources: Saltwater Recreational Fishing
ME Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife: Freshwater Fishing
Maine Atlantic Salmon Authority: Regulations and Licenses
Trout Unlimited: Merrymeeting Bay Chapter
USGS: Maine Streamflow Rates





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