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Guide to Maine Fishing and Fishing Charters

Maine offers the best fishing in New England, with the longest coastline (over 3,400 miles) dotted with plentiful inlets, shoals and ledges. For fresh water fishing, Maine has an abundance of salmon stocked rivers, streams with trout, and lakes with big mouth bass and lake salmon.

For salt water fishing, you can hire a fishing charter out of York, Kennebunk, and Portland, or as you travel further Down East to Boothbay and Bar Harbor. A striped bass charter out of the Kennebunk River is a popular choice to see the coastline, get out on the open water and bring in some nice fish. Just north of Portland, Bailey Island has some excellent Charter Fishing options.


In shore fishing and deep sea fishing charters are available from just 2 hours to full day, and your captain will help you find salt water fish like striped bass, bluefish, halibut and mackerel, to offshore catch of cod, shark, even Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Most fishing charters include light tackle and down riggings, plus an ice-chest cooler for lunch and drinks (and of course to keep your fresh catch on ice).

Your charter captain and crew will know the fishing regulations, license requirements and restrictions – which currently includes Atlantic Salmon. Plan on a fun day at sea, and you are shore to strike a big fish or two. Your fishing charter will definitely be a great day at sea, boating around the Gulf of Maine and along the Maine Coastline.

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Freshwater fishing on Maine’s lakes, including the largest – Moosehead and Sebago, is prime due to the crystal clean water habitat. Lake fishing charters can be arranged from inland Maine marinas to explore hidden coves and inlets stocked with fish like rainbow trout and landlocked salmon.

If fly fishing is your sport, there are fly fishing clinics offered by Kittery Trading Post and LL Bean, and excellent fly fishing rivers and streams throughout the big state of Maine. If you know how to cast, and you are all set with your rod and reel, then salmon and trout fly fishing tours are available. Imagine a canoe fishing charter to some secret fishing hole.

Fishing Derbies

An annual bass fishing derby takes place on Sebago Lake every September, with Point Sebago Resort as host with affordable stay and fish packages for fishing derby participants. The Sebago Lake Bass Open includes a big cash purse and prizes for the biggest fish. You can rent a fishing boat from Point Sebago’s marina and explore Sebago Lake, travel up the Songo Locks to Brandy Pond and Long Lake for a real fishing expedition.

Ice fishing in Maine’s winter months of February and March bring ice fishing derbies and winter festivals on Sebago Lake and Rangeley Lake to name a few.


Fishing licenses and information are available for non-residents from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Simply put, Maine is a fisherman’s haven, from saltwater and deep sea fishing to abundant lake fishing, and river fly fishing for salmon and trout – your fishing charter awaits – and the fish do too (they just don’t know it yet).

Moose Mountain Inn – Located in the Thick of Fishing Country! 
A small, locally owned Inn, located in a quiet setting of trees, mountains and wildlife on Little Moose Mountain. Relax or explore our On-site 7-mile hiking trail with 5 wilderness ponds, ATV and Snowmobile Trail, fishing guides and boating access. Guided tours and Vacation Packages for Moose Watching, fishing trips, Boat cruise on Moosehead Lake or rent a canoe or kayak, bikes, skis, snowshoes ATV or Snowmobile rental gear and guides. Convenient location affords our guest easy access to all that the Moosehead Lake region has to offer. Your Maine adventure starts here! 314 Rockwood Rd. Greenville Junction 1-800-792-1858, 207-695-3321

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