Memories that last a lifetime start with a fishing rod, a tackle box, and the beautiful, clear waters of Maine. Whether you stand on the banks of one of our 6,000 lakes or ponds, in the shallows of our dancing streams and rushing rivers, or cast a line from our more than 5,500 miles of coast, fishing in Maine is a great escape from everyday life. And it’s surprisingly easy to do. Because of its simplicity and the beauty of Maine’s natural environment, and since the state has been visited for centuries for its abundant fishing opportunities, a fishing excursion is easy and accessible for everyone in the family. Whether you fish from a canoe, a wooden dock, the shores of the ocean or a scenic lake or pond, a day spent wetting a line can be one of the best ways to relax, enjoy the view, and spend time with family and friends.
In this brochure you will learn about the different fishing styles in Maine, the saltwater and freshwater opportunities available and some of fish you are likely to catch on your fishing trip in Maine.
The Maine Fishing Guide was developed by the Fisheries Division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to assist anglers in locating Maine's most common sportfish and to help plan for your next outdoor fishing adventure.