Maine offers fishing in fresh and saltwater for trout and striped bassMaine residents under 16 years old and non-residents under 12 years old may fish in Maine without a license. People above those ages are required to obtain a fishing license before fishing in inland waters or transporting fish taken from inland waters. A saltwater recreational fishing registration of $1 is required. See for exemptions and details .
Residents and nonresidents may obtain licenses from license agents throughout the state at sporting goods stores, many convenience stores, at town clerk offices, or online from the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife . Nonresidents may also purchase a license by mail from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Costs for fishing licenses for non-residents over the age of 16 range from a low of $11 for a one-day license to a high of $52 for a full-season license. Junior licenses for people age 12 to 15 are $9. Maine has over 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, and is known as a first-rate destination for anglers. For more information, call the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at 207-287-8000.
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806 Spencer Pond Road Beaver Cove, ME, 04617 Phone: 207-745-1599
Pond with Dock; Cabins with Boats Get Fishing Underway
Kennebunk and Mousam Rivers
Great Pond in Belgrade and Rome, off Route 27, 8, and 225 -- 70 feet deep. Brown trout, brook trout, salmon, smelt, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel, northern pike.
Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade, Oakland, Sidney, off Route 8, 11, 23 -- 100 feet deep. Brook trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, salmon, smelt, pickerel, northern pike.
North Pond in Mercer and Smithfield, off route 8 or 137 or Caswell Road -- 20 feet deep. Brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel, northern pike.
East Pond in Oakland and Smithfield, off East Pond Road -- 27 feet deep. Brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel, smelt.
Salmon Lake in Oakland and Belgrade, off Route 8 or Town Farm Road -- 57 feet deep. Brook trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel.
McGrath Pond in Oakland and Belgrade, off McGrath Pond Road -- 27 feet deep. Brown trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel.
The Kokadjo Area
66 Two Lights Road Cape Elizabeth, ME, 04107 Phone: 207-799-5871
Good for walking and hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating.
See full description of Crescent Beach State Park.
Fort Point State Park Cape Jellison Road Searsport, ME Phone: 207-941-4014
Park on a peninsula offers picnicking with waterfront views; bicycle path, boating & fishing; lighthousse
Route 3 Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3338
Vast national park with outdoor activities year-round on Maine coast; carriage roads, hiking and rock climbing; gardens; tidepools; camping
off Weld-to-Byron Road Weld, ME Phone:
Here are some of the bodies of fresh water in the Western Lakes and Mountains region that provide fine fishing experiences:
Grand Lakes Area
Eastern Branch of the Penobscot River
Along Route 11 Medway, ME Phone:
64 Balsam Drive Millinocket, ME, 04462 Phone: 207-723-5140
A large state wilderness that offers recreational activities in the water and on land; a popular camping and hiking spot
See full description of Baxter State Park.