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.

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#1. Maine Striper Fishing


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 are furth…
From the guidebook "Striper Hot Spots"
Portland, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Mousam Lake


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 cov…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Sanford, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. East Grand Lake


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 cl…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Danforth, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Popham Beach


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 Park…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Bath, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Portland Shoreline


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 for th…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Portland, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Cobbosseecontee Lake


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 of som…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Winthrop, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Cathance Lake


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…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Cooper, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Baxter State Park


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 summer an…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Millinocket, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

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


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 regulatio…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Millinocket, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Sebago Lake


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 industry…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Casco, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Rockland Breakwater


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 shore…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Warren, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Damariscotta Lake


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 basin is…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Thomaston, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. China Lake


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 ca…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
China, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Wyman Dam on Kennebec River


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, making…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Phippsburg, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Megunticook Lake


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 the c…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Camden, ME - Fishing
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#16. Little Ossipee River


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. Special…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
North Shapleigh, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. West Grand Lake


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 two bodi…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Princeton, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Lake Auburn


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 lake i…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Auburn, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Fox Pond


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 are visit…
From the guidebook "Fishing Maine"
Franklin, ME - Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Lagrange Rail-Trail


This rail-trail takes its guests through a delightful stretch of rural Maine not often seen by tourists. The trestle bridge at the end of the trail is particularly noteworthy. Surface: Packed gravel.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Lagrange, ME - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 12 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press