Maine offers a variety of water ways, ranging from lakes, ponds and streams. We invite you to explore the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife web site if you are interested in obtaining information on fishing licenses and/or regulations. Stop back here and visit one of our fishing guides to plan your next trip.
Fishing tips on each region of Maine: [please see below]
Ice Fishing in Maine [Click here ]
Obtaining a fishing license: [Click here ]
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TIPS FOR ICE FISHING MAINE:
There is very little to debate when it comes to ice fishing; people either love it or hate it. But in states like Maine, there is a long tradition of ice fishing, and many people that ice fish can't wait for winter to come so they can get on the ice and enjoy this sport.But if you’re new to ice fishing in Maine, it is important to get an understanding for what this sport is all about before charging out on the ice. This article will cover the basics of starting out in ice fishing. Who knows, you may even find out that you love the adventure of getting out and catching some big Maine fish.
The first rule of ice fishing is somewhat obvious, but it cannot be overstated enough. Always make certain that the ice your fishing on is safe. A good rule to follow is to wait until there is a minimum of 6 inches of ice on a lake or pond before attempting to fish on it. There are also different types of ice, and it would be wise to get familiar with all of them before heading out.
"Black ice," is a name given to ice that is mostly clear, and contains only air bubbles thoughout it. Black ice is considered to be more safe than the deceivingly-named, "white ice," which is not as clear, and contains melted snow that has been re-frozen over and over. In general, ice fishing beginners should stay away from white ice.
Another good rule is to always test the ice before setting up and fishing. You can often test the ice by the shore, you should drill a couple of holes in the ice close to the shore where the water is not as deep. This will help you to get a good idea of how much ice there is and the quality of it. Another good idea is to ask other fishermen about the quality of the ice and its thickness.
When choosing a spot to fish, you should look at getting some ice fishing access maps that can be available online for lakes and ponds in Maine. These will help to give you a better idea of the depth of a pond or lake that you intend to fish, and hep suggest locations to set up your base camp for fishing. It's also good to note that you need not go out into deep water to catch fish. Many experienced ice fishermen rarely risk going out beyond 6 or 7 feet deep. As a first timer, it is a good idea to stay closer to the shore anyways, and you can be confident that it is just as easy to catch some fish.
Another rule of ice fishing is to never go ice fishing on your own. You should always take a friend when you venture out to go ice fishing. This is important for safety reasons, and it can also make your entire experience much more enjoyable. Another good idea is to let your family or friends know where you will be fishing and at what time you plan to be done.
Ice fishing in Maine can be a great winter pastime, and a way to pass those long, dark winter evenings, but remember, when it comes to ice fishing, safety should always come first.
MAINE FISHING GUIDES:
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS SEEK PERMISSION ... before engaging in any form of outdoor recreation on property which belongs to someone else.
The Fish River watershed dominates the northern Maine landscape with a drainage area that covers more than 1,000 square miles. Its 8 major lakes and nearly 50 miles of river make this area a prime destination for many trout and salmon anglers. The developing muskellunge fishery on the St. Francis and St. John Rivers, along with the trout ponds in and around the Deboullie Preserve .
The Downeast region has nearly 50 coldwater lakes that provide good fishing opportunities for salmon, togue, whitefish, splake, brook trout and brown trout. Detailed descriptions will only be provided for the area’s two most popular destinations, West Grand and East Grand Lakes. All other salmonid fisheries will be categorized geographically as either ‘south of Route 9’ or ‘north of Route 9’ and discussed under those headings.
GRAND LAKE STREAM
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Three of Maine’s finest rivers are associated with Moosehead Lake. All these rivers are fairly short, dam-regulated and accessible from paved roads. The Moose River is the primary inlet and flows into the lake near the village of Rockwood. Another important Moosehead tributary is the Roach River, which enters on the east-side of the lake about 10 miles north of Lily Bay State Park. The upper Kennebec River serves as the lake’s outlet and is located a few miles south of Rockwood on the west shore. It is divided into two branches that are referred to as the East and West Outlets.
BELGRADE LAKES REGION
The Dead River has a large watershed that covers over 1,200 square miles of Franklin and Somerset Counties. The North and South Branches rise in the mountains west of Eustis and are separated from the larger main stem of the Dead River by 18,000 acre Flagstaff Lake. Fishing opportunities vary in each of these waters and will be discussed separately.
Western Lakes and Mountains:
[UPPER] ANDROSCOGGIN RIVER
Upper Andro-An Emerging Fishery Fifty years ago the Androscoggin River from Berlin, NH to its confluence with the Kennebec was one of the top ten most polluted rivers in the United States. Today, thanks to environmental cleanup by federal, state and municipal agencies, the Upper Androscoggin River is an emerging angling destination. The clean up has allowed the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to implement an aggressive recovery program. Brown trout are liberally stocked-40,000 since 2000. To supplement recovering wild stocks of rainbow trout, the department has stocked an additional 8000 rainbows.
The “Upper Andro” is a large, scenic river with an excellent forage base for brown and rainbow trout. This river has the unique feature of providing fishing for smallmouth bass through the “dog days” of summer in the pools from Bear River to Rumford. Landowners have provided excellent access points to the river and several canoe launches have been built along the 26 mile stretch of river. Says Bill Pierce, Public Relations Representative of the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, “The Upper Andro has it all-especially for families-beauty, abundant brownies and the vacation activities and hospitality services of Bethel.”
RANGELEY LAKES COMPLEX
The interconnected system of ponds, lakes and streams that make up the Rangeley Lakes Complex occupies more than 75% of the territory in this region. The best way to summarize all of the fishing opportunities is to divide this complex up into three separate drainages and then discuss the details of each of them separately. I will begin with the places that are highest up in the watershed and then work down in elevation to the point where the Rapid River enters Umbagog Lake.
Kennebago Lake The first white men to see Kennebago Lake were a handful of Civil War deserters from Rangeley who fled northward in December 1862 to avoid being drafted into the Union Army. They survived that winter by hunting and trapping out of a crude shelter that they built in a wind-protected area on the north side of the lake that was subsequently named Skedaddle Cove in their honor. In the years that followed, Kennebago Lake was also discovered by an ever-increasing number of guides and fishermen who made the long trip to get away from the crowds that were beginning to plague them on more accessible waters. Ed Grant was the most well-known and colorful of these Kennebago pioneers and in 1904 he helped to construct a set of sporting camps on the southwest shore of the lake that have remained in continuous operation until today.
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SOUTHERN MAINE RIVERS