Number of Fish Species (freshwater): 67
Number of Fish Species (saltwater): 252
State Sportfish: Landlocked Atlantic Salmon
Notable Records: a 31lb 2oz. northern pike from North Pond, an 11lb 10oz. largemouth bass out of Moose Pond, a 67lb striper from Sheepscot River, a 215lb halibut from Bailey’s Island.
Fishing Regs: Right click, save link as to download the saltwater regs here (Maine Saltwater Regs) or go to the site here. For freshwater regs download right click, save link as here (Maine freshwater regs) or go to the site here.
Fishing License Info: In Maine you will need a license for those 16 and older fishing in freshwater. Saltwater fishermen only need to register –there is no fee to register.
Quickcast: Welcome to Vacationland…fishing vacationland. Maine has about 1.3 million residents but gets around 5 million vacationers each year. With this much coastline and freshwater systems in the state you can bet there’s a lot of fishing going on during people’s vacation. By region you can expect to find browns and brook trout in the North but you can also find muskie in the St. John River. In the lakes and ponds of the Northern parts of Maine anglers should expect to find splake, pickerel, yellow and white perch. In the Western part of the state fishermen should bring in some good sized brook trout, browns and landlocked salmon. The southern ponds and lakes will yield lake trout, landlocked salmon, brook trout, browns, smallmouth and largemouth bass. In the Eastern part of the state expect to find great salmon lakes and rivers. There are also plenty of brook trout in the lakes and ponds as well as smallmouth bass and lake trout not to mention the perch, chain pickerel and largemouth.
Offshore fishing in Maine, as with other New England states, will yield stripers but that’s not all. There is always the ever-present mackerel as well as larger-than-average bluefish. If you’re looking for bottom feeders then you’ve made a good choice because they usually taste the best! Maine’s rocky bottom fishing will yield cod, haddock, cusk, pollock, hake, and the occasional monkfish and halibut.