Best Fishing in Maine

This list represents the most popular fishing in Maine. Use this list to plan your next Maine fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Maine Striper Fishing

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    Portland, ME

    Maine already has more shore fishing that it can use, though the activity is not concentrated on the more southern coasts, as the forthcoming listing might imply. Maine’s bountiful resources ...
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    Maine already has more shore fishing that it can use, though the activity is not concentrated on the more southern coasts, ...

  • #2 Mousam Lake

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    Sanford, ME

    This narrow, 900-acre lake is heavily stocked with brook, brown, and lake trout. From 1993 to 1995, 2,200 brown trout, 2,059 lake trout, and 5,839 brook trout were stocked in Mousam Lake. Numerous ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: canoe, boat
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    This narrow, 900-acre lake is heavily stocked with brook, brown, and lake trout. From 1993 to 1995, 2,200 brown trout, 2,059 ...

  • #3 East Grand Lake

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    Danforth, ME

    East Grand Lake, at 16,070 acres, is located in Washington and Aroostook counties in Maine. You will need a boat to fish at this site. Anglers in boats less than 14 feet long should stay relatively ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: boat
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    East Grand Lake, at 16,070 acres, is located in Washington and Aroostook counties in Maine. You will need a boat to fish ...

  • #4 Popham Beach

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    Bath, ME

    This sand beach is located at the mouth of the Kennebec River on the Gulf of Maine. Historic Forts Baldwin and Popham are located on the point of land just north of the beach. Popham Beach State ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: surf casting
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    This sand beach is located at the mouth of the Kennebec River on the Gulf of Maine. Historic Forts Baldwin and Popham are ...

  • #5 Cobbosseecontee Lake

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    Winthrop, ME

    This is a 5,543-acre lake with a maximum depth of 100 feet, and extensive shallow, weedy areas. Cobbosseecontee Stream offers an 8-mile canoe trip, beginning at the outlet. You will need a boat ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: boat, canoe
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    This is a 5,543-acre lake with a maximum depth of 100 feet, and extensive shallow, weedy areas. Cobbosseecontee Stream offers ...

  • #6 Portland Shoreline

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    Portland, ME

    Several bridges, as well as the shoreline at Mackworth Island, provide shore-based anglers with the opportunity to catch bluefish and striped bass. Mackworth Island is home to the Baxter School ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: bridge
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    Several bridges, as well as the shoreline at Mackworth Island, provide shore-based anglers with the opportunity to catch ...

  • #7 Cathance Lake

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    Cooper, ME

    Easy access and a good boat ramp make 2,905-acre Cathance (pronounced Cat-hance) Lake a popular spot for Washington County anglers. For the most part, the shoreline is wild, but the western shoreline ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: canoe, boat
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    Easy access and a good boat ramp make 2,905-acre Cathance (pronounced Cat-hance) Lake a popular spot for Washington County ...

  • #8 Baxter State Park

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    Millinocket, ME

    202,539-acre Baxter State Park is sometimes called the last stronghold for native eastern brook trout, although the same could be said about the entire state of Maine. Baxter gets crowded in ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: wading, bank, canoe
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    202,539-acre Baxter State Park is sometimes called the last stronghold for native eastern brook trout, although the same ...

  • #9 West Branch Penobscot River, Ripogenus Dam to Abol Falls

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    Millinocket, ME

    The West Branch of the Penobscot is a brawling river with falls, whitewater, and deep pools. Roads and paths border the river. This is Maine’s premier trophy landlocked salmon river. Fishing ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: canoe, wading
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    The West Branch of the Penobscot is a brawling river with falls, whitewater, and deep pools. Roads and paths border the river. ...

  • #10 Rockland Breakwater

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    Warren, ME

    The Rockland Breakwater is a mile-long jetty built of massive blocks of granite. The breakwater itself is a scenic destination for hikers, but local anglers value it as a prime spot to fish from ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: wading
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    The Rockland Breakwater is a mile-long jetty built of massive blocks of granite. The breakwater itself is a scenic destination ...

  • #11 Sebago Lake

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    Casco, ME

    Second in size only to Moosehead Lake, 28,771-acre Sebago Lake is an amazing 316 feet deep. This lake is one of the original homes of the landlocked salmon, Salmo sebago. Fishing is a popular ...
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    Second in size only to Moosehead Lake, 28,771-acre Sebago Lake is an amazing 316 feet deep. This lake is one of the original ...

  • #12 Damariscotta Lake

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    Thomaston, ME

    Damariscotta Lake has three distinctly different sections: the north, middle, and south basins. The north basin is the deepest, at 114 feet; the middle basin is next at 46 feet; and the south ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: boat
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    Damariscotta Lake has three distinctly different sections: the north, middle, and south basins. The north basin is the deepest, ...

  • #13 Megunticook Lake

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    Camden, ME

    This scenic 1,220-acre lake is studded with islands. The water is cold and crystal-clear, and the lake has a maximum depth of 64 feet. Fernald’s Neck, a Nature Conservancy preserve, extends into ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: boat, canoe, bank, shore
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    This scenic 1,220-acre lake is studded with islands. The water is cold and crystal-clear, and the lake has a maximum depth ...

  • #14 China Lake

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    China, ME

    This 3,922-acre lake is located just outside Augusta, Maine’s capital city. The wide variety of species present makes China Lake a popular destination for Maine anglers. Hilly farmland and lakeside ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: canoe, bank, boat
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    This 3,922-acre lake is located just outside Augusta, Maine’s capital city. The wide variety of species present makes China ...

  • #15 Little Ossipee River

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    North Shapleigh, ME

    This freestone river has occasional deep, slow runs and long pools. The river receives annual stockings of brook trout and brown trout and in 1993 and 1994, 792 landlocked salmon were stocked. ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: wading
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    This freestone river has occasional deep, slow runs and long pools. The river receives annual stockings of brook trout and ...

  • #16 Wyman Dam on Kennebec River

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    Phippsburg, ME

    This tailwater fishery of the Kennebec River is a popular early-season spot for anglers seeking coldwater species. Fishing from the bank is the safest method, since the water is fast and deep, ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: boat, bank
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    This tailwater fishery of the Kennebec River is a popular early-season spot for anglers seeking coldwater species. Fishing ...

  • #17 Lake Auburn

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    Auburn, ME

    This cold, deep 2,260-acre reservoir lies on the outskirts of the city of Auburn. Rocky shorelines and water up to 118 feet deep make for good fishing for a variety of species. Even though this ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: boat, canoe, shore
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    This cold, deep 2,260-acre reservoir lies on the outskirts of the city of Auburn. Rocky shorelines and water up to 118 feet ...

  • #18 Fox Pond

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    Franklin, ME

    This small, 77-acre pond is set in one of Downeast Maine’s most scenic areas. It is a great spot to fish from shore, since one side of the pond is entirely bounded by Maine Route 182. If you ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: canoe, bank
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    This small, 77-acre pond is set in one of Downeast Maine’s most scenic areas. It is a great spot to fish from shore, since ...

  • #19 West Grand Lake

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    Princeton, ME

    West Grand Lake is big and deep, covering 14,340 acres, with depths up to 128 feet. It is connected to Junior Lake (Site 60) by a water thoroughfare—a waterway, without flowage, that connects ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: boat, canoe, ramp
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    West Grand Lake is big and deep, covering 14,340 acres, with depths up to 128 feet. It is connected to Junior Lake (Site ...

  • #20 Presumpscot River

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    North Windham, ME

    Clear and cold, this river is an outlet of Sebago Lake. Even in dry weather, a good head of water can be expected, making for good angling when other streams and rivers are too low. Special ...
    •  Best Way to Fish: wading
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    Clear and cold, this river is an outlet of Sebago Lake. Even in dry weather, a good head of water can be expected, making ...