Topwater Guide Service is a freshwater fishing charter that provides fishing trips in Maine during the entire year. Captain Dana Connon is a native Mainer and will be happy to show you everything that the local rivers and lakes have to offer.

You will be fishing aboard an 18’ Stratos bass boat that’s powered by a 150 HP Johnson engine, making it capable of developing a maximum cruising speed of an impressive 48 knots. The boat has enough space for two prospective anglers to be fishing in comfort and is equipped with all the necessary safety and navigation gear necessary for a proper trip.

Captain Dana specializes in Bass and Pike fishing but will be happy to seek out game fish if that’s your thing. A standard trip involves fishing for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike on light tackle. Winter months provide an opportunity to go ice fishing, which can be very interesting if you’ve never tried it before.

The price of a trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle, as well as drinks, snacks, and even lunch on full day trips. You will need to bring a valid Main fishing license, which can also be found online. Other than that, bring a pair of sunglasses, a camera, and you’re all set for an adventure in Maine’s rich waters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    A shorter trip is a great opportunity for beginners to experience freshwater fishing in Maine. Usually, the trip involves fishing for Bass and Pike on light tackle. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price, and so are water and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $500
    This is definitely the best way to experience freshwater fishing for the species of your choice. A usual trip will involve fishing for Bass and Pike, but that's not all that can be found in these waters. Rods, reels and terminal tackle are included in the price, and so are water, lunch, and snacks. You will need to bring a valid Maine fishing license.
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About the Charter Operator

Topwater Guide Service
Topsham, Maine, United States
9 Customer reviews
Response time 8 hours
Member since October 2017
Captain Dana is a native Mainer, and who better to take you fishing in the local waters than someone who's been there his whole life. He will do his best to make sure you have a fun time while you're in Maine and will be more than happy to share what he has picked up over the years.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Crappie Crappie
Pike (Northern) Northern Pike

Boat specs

Stratos (Bass boat) originally built in 1996, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 150HP Johnson engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Ice Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Abu Garcia, Sixgill, Daiwa gear.
Live Bait
Applicable to ice fishing
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch
Only on full day trips.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
In accordance with Maine bag/possession limits
Catch and Release Allowed
Preferred

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
PayPal
Bank Transfer

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 9 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Crissy W.
Gatesville, TX
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June 2022

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 2, 2022
Dana was awesome and very helpful! We had a great time!
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Kevin F.
Greensburg, IN
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Half day trip with Dana.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 1, 2021
Extremely nice guy,  great equipment and a nice boat.  Took me to a spot that produced a fish on third cast.  Just lucky...
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Frank C.
Salisbury, NH
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5 of the best days of my life

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 6, 2019
Take a 48 seconds to see what Captain Dana did for me.  I have fished all over the world and used a lot of guides, Captain...
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Paul S.
Excellent
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Excellent
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Fishing with Dana

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on September 13, 2021
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James S.
Oxford, PA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Half day trip with Dana

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 1, 2019
Tough conditions fish weren’t biting at first then they started hitting for me.  6 fish total.  My son who is normally...
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FAQs about Topwater Guide Service

Topwater Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Topwater Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Topwater Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Abu Garcia, Sixgill, Daiwa gear.)
  • Live Bait (Applicable to ice fishing )
  • Lures
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lunch (Only on full day trips.)

Topwater Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Topwater Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Ice Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Topwater Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Crappie
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Sunfish