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16 Fishing Charters

Portland Fishing Charters

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Portland: 16 fishing charters available

Mainely Blue Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
South Portland
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $350

Pine State Outdoors

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(7 reviews)
Portland
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trips from $300

Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Biddeford
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Whiptail Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
South Portland

Nine Mile Outfitters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Portland
trips from $200

Special J Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
South Portland

North East Salt Water Maine

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Phippsburg
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Seawalker Excursions

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(79 reviews)
Freeport
trips from $175

Balding Eagle Enterprises

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(69 reviews)
Freeport
trips from $300

Super Fly Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(61 reviews)
Bath
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

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  • 3-hour fishing trips – $200
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $317
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $450

Gulls screaming overhead, the smell of the sea in the air, the busy shouts of a working dock–you can’t beat Portland, Maine for its historic atmosphere and fishing heritage. A seafaring history really shines through aboard Portland fishing charters, where skilled captains pilot the state’s signature downeast boats on the hunt for huge, tasty fish. Step aboard and see for yourself!

Known For

Portland sits in the middle of the Gulf of Maine, the summertime home of all the Northeast’s favorite sportfish. From Tuna and Sharks to Striped Bass and Bluefish, you really need to bring your A-game to these waters. The bay is also a historic food fishery, famous for its stocks of Crab, Lobster, and groundfish. Cast your eye inland, and you find a who’s who of freshwater species including Trout, Bass, Salmon, and Pike. It’s the land of plenty for ambitious anglers.
 
The fishing is even better today than it was 10 years ago. Maine has really improved its conservation efforts in recent years, and many species are bouncing back from overfishing. Numbers are on the rise and some huge catches are made each year. Add in a generations-long guiding tradition and some of the most stunning nature in the country, and you’ve got the perfect place to put your skills to the test.

Types of Fishing

Wet a line in any puddle or inlet in the state and you’ll head home with aching arms and something for dinner. What you catch varies wildly depending on where and how you fish, though, so picking the right kind of trip is key. Here are a few of your main options.
 

Big Game Fishing

If you’re after the biggest fish and the hottest action, you can’t beat the epic deep sea fishing Portland has on its doorstep. Every summer, Bluefin Tuna and Blue, Mako, Thresher, and Porbeagle Sharks swarm the deeper waters of the Casco Bay, to the joy of anglers from all over the country. 
 
Most Tuna are schooling size “footballs” with a few monsters also caught each year. Even a 50 lb Bluefin packs enough punch to put seasoned anglers through their paces, though, and Sharks are anything but small if you’re after heavy tackle action.
 

Groundfishing

Food fishing doesn’t get much better than going after Maine’s many groundfish. Strike lucky on a bottom fishing trip and you’ll need to buy a whole new freezer for your catch! Cod, Pollock, and Haddock are the main targets, but you can find Monkfish, Hake, Halibut, Cusk, and much, much more. 
 
Groundfish are found in the bay all year round, so you never have to run out of fish again. After an even bigger haul? Set traps on the journey out and haul in some Crab and Lobster on the way back to the dock as an added bonus.
 

Inshore fishing

If you don’t fancy the long boat rides or are concerned about choppy seas offshore, don’t worry–there’s plenty of action right along the coastline! The Striper fishing Portland enjoys each summer is a point of pride for local charter guides, and the local Bluefish really add some bite to your battle. Throw in Jonah and Rock Crabs, huge numbers of Mackerel, and Maine’s stunning rocky coastline, and you’ve got the perfect day inshore.
 

Freshwater Fishing

We’re not ignoring Portland’s inland fisheries. In many ways, we saved the best for last. From the calm waters of Sebago Lake to the banks of the Presumpscot River, the local waters hold a huge range of species.
 
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Brook, Brown, Lake, and Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Pike, Perch, Crappie–the list just keeps going. The freshwater bite is best in spring and fall but you can target most fish even in the depths of winter if you’re not afraid to step out onto the ice.

Need to Know

 

Rules and Regulations

Fishing licenses are included on Portland fishing charters. If you’re fishing from shore, you have to sign up to the saltwater fishing registry, which costs $1 for a year, or buy a Maine fishing license, which is valid of both salt and freshwater. Rivers and streams are closed to all fishing October through the end of March. You can only use flies or lures to target most river species from August 16 through September 30.
 

Budget

You can pick up a freshwater trip for around $200-300, and most saltwater charters only cost around $100 per hour. Extended, overnight, and even multi-day charters are common here, taking you out in search of the biggest Tuna around. Invest in one of these trips, and you’ll get nothing short of the adventure of a lifetime!
 

Getting There

Portland is an easy 2-hour drive from Boston and a 6-hour drive from New York when traffic is good. If you can’t face the I-95, you can take a train from both cities. Flights also run from around the country to Portland International Jetport. Most fishing charters run from South Portland, just across the Fore River from the city’s center. Portland is very easy to get around by car or taxi, thanks to its size and ample parking, even downtown.
 
Portland is the perfect town for a relaxing fishing vacation. With untouched forests, a stunning coastline, and a waterfront straight out of the history books, you couldn’t find a more picture-perfect place for a fishing charter. Not that you’ll notice any of this when you’re straining to bring in the nation’s finest sportfish!
Portland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
Don’t let the cold weather put you off visiting Portland in January. Ice fishers take Burbot, Pike, and Trout on Lake Sebago while hardy saltwater anglers go after Pollock, Haddock, Cusk, and more! 
February

Get ready for some big fish and great fun in the annual Sebago Derby ice fishing tournament. With huge Pike, ferocious Trout, and plenty of friendly competition, it’s not an event to miss!

March
This is your last chance to get out on the ice and on warm years you can even fish open water in March. In the sea, groundfishing is getting better as the charter fleet slowly starts to hit the water.
 
April

Open water fishing season starts in Portland’s local rivers and streams, with a variety of Trouts and Basses to target. The saltwater bite is getting better, too, with good catches of Mackerel and Flounder.

May

Salmon put up a real fight as they make their river runs. Halibut, Pollock, and various other bottom fish are also biting hard, and Mackerel hit the area in the thousands. Charter season has begun!

June

June is one big celebration of Portland’s maritime history, with the Schoonerfest Regatta and Old Port Festival. What better time to take to the high seas in search of Sharks and Tuna?

July

It’s peak big game season, with huge Sharks and Tunas putting tackle to the test offshore. Spend the day fighting sea monsters then relax at Portland’s Summer Session Beer Festival.

August

Striped Bass and Bluefish are biting hard in the bay while Bluefin and Sharks demolish baits offshore. Cod season is open, but it won’t last long, so climb aboard while you have the chance!

September

It’s your last chance to fish Portland’s rivers and streams. Bait is banned for most species, so why not try the fly fishing Portland is so good at? Otherwise, head offshore to catch Cod before the season closes.

October

Visit the Harvest on the Harbor food and drinks festival or reel in your very own feast of Bonito, Pollock, Trout, Crappie, and more. Whatever you fancy, you can find it fishing out of Portland in October.

November

Can’t face another turkey? Why not spend the day fishing and enjoy some delicious Pollock or Burbot instead? This is also a great time to set traps for various Crabs. You won’t go hungry, that’s for sure.

December

Take a drive up the bay and see Freeport light up in the annual Sparkle Weekend. If you want to get some winter action in, you can often ice fish for Pike, Trout, Burbot, and more this time of year.

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Pine State Outdoors
Pine State Outdoors
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(7 reviews)
Knowledgeable, friendly guide. We caught land-locked salmon and lake trout. Very enjoyable day on the water. Lunch was tasty, too.
Steve  C.
Steve C. McLeansville, NC
Pine State Outdoors
Pine State Outdoors
Fishing charter in Portland
Very good
4.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Had a great overall trip! Would love to do it again and would highly recommend this trip!
Michelle  L.
Michelle L. Kenduskeag, ME
Pine State Outdoors
Pine State Outdoors
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Noah was an exceptional guide he put us on some nice fish, it was a rough cold day on the water and I was a bit worried we would catch anything, but Noah’s knowledge of the water and fishery it was not long before our first hookup. He had a wonderful shore lunch too. My wife and I had a great time despite the cold and both agree the trip was a success.
Ray  S.
Ray S. Sugar Land, TX
Pine State Outdoors
Pine State Outdoors
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
We had an incredible time with Noah and the trip exceeded expectations on every level. He’s an awesome guy truly cares about taking care of the client. Aside from the incredible fishing (we caught over 10 lake trout) he provided us with lunch (that he cooked), introduced us to a bald eagle, showed us Washington Mountain, and so much more. He loves this area and you could tell. 10/10 - I recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Alex  C.
Alex C. United States
Pine State Outdoors
Pine State Outdoors
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
The kids had a great time at lake Sebago! Thanks captain, we will be back for more fun trips!
Steve  D.
Steve D. Ridgewood, NJ
Pine State Outdoors
Pine State Outdoors
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Amazing and very hospitable experience. This trip exceeded our expectations & was very informative. He gave us options on where we would like to fish based on what fish we wanted to catch. He educated us on not only about fish but the various wildlife & equiptment/techniques used. Provided snacks, lunch, & drinks. Overall, great guy with a great personality & amazing passion for fishing along with a drive to make people happy.
Jelena  D.
Jelena D. Providence, Rhode Island

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