Saco River

2 Fishing Charters

Saco River Fishing Charters

Search top fishing charters in Saco River

Top Saco River Destinations


If you’re coming to New Hampshire or Maine to test out a new, exciting fishery, then the Saco River fishing scene is for you. From the White Mountains, all the way to the Saco Bay, this 136-mile river is a go-to destination for fly anglers. 
 
Trout take center stage, namely Brook, Brown, and Rainbow, and they come in good sizes too. Fly fishing for these beauties is what put Saco River on the map.
 
If you’d like a mixed catch, you can go after different Bass species and Perch, as well. You can target Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass all over the river. If Stripers are your favorite catch, then the mouth of the river and Saco Bay are your best shot. This watershed also has a small population of Atlantic Salmon, but fishing for them is illegal in order to protect them.
 
If you’re hitting the water with a local charter, trips are usually available from April to October, while the fishing season is open. The Saco banks can be quite difficult to access, and having a guide help you navigate your way to the hotspots is a game-changer. You can book trips that last anywhere from 4–8 hours, it all depends on your fishing appetite.
 
There are plenty of towns on Saco River where you can find a charter to fulfill your fishing needs. A lot of trips start from Biddeford, Standish, Conway, and Saco, which are also fishing hubs. All of these towns will show you the Saco River’s fishing potential in its full light!

Rules & Regulations

Fishing on the Saco River is seasonal (April-October), and a lot depends on where you’re casting your lines. Some parts of the river are limited to fly fishing only and allow lower daily limits, while others allow a variety of techniques. If you’re fishing with a guide, all the licenses and gear are usually included in the price of the trip.

Saco River
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4.74
Based on 21150 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
Winter is slow on the Saco River, and ice usually prevents anglers from hitting the water. If you’re in luck and it’s not that cold outside, you can try some fly fishing on the lower section of the river.
February

It’s still frigid outside, but that doesn’t stop fly enthusiasts from trying to pursue Trout on the Lower Saco. Depending on the temperature, you might find a good bite, but there are no guarantees.

March

As the weather improves, so does the bite, and in March, you can see more and more fishermen hitting the water and finding good-sized Trout and the occasional Bass on their line.

April

Spring is here, so dust off your fly/conventional fishing gear and explore the Saco River. Fly fishing for Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout is better every day, and Bass are biting as well.

May

Whatever your catch of choice, you can target it on the river this month. Dry fly fishing for Trout is all the craze right now, and it’s only going to get better during the summer.

June

June marks the beginning of the prime Trout fishing season. There are a lot of fish swimming around, and some of them are trophy material. If you’d like something a bit different, Bass fishing is also very good.

July

Fly fishing for Brookies, Rainbows, and Browns is the thing to do on the Saco over the summer – action is nothing short of superb. Pick your spots carefully, to avoid crowds, but still have a productive day.

August

If you’d like a breather from fly fishing (that’s still excellent, by the way), cast your line around dams for some good-sized Bass. Skelton Dam is especially popular for Bass fishing.

September

Make the most out of September and incredible fly fishing action on the Saco. These crystal clear waters still have a lot to offer to passionate fly anglers, and three species of Trout are still on your to-catch list.

October

It’s getting chili both in New Hampshire and Maine, so you won’t find as many anglers on the river. You can go after Stripers in the Saco Bay, or look for Trout in the deeper pools.

November

Winter is just around the corner, which means that the underwater life of the Saco River is taking a break, and fish are becoming more apathetic. If luck and the weather serve you, some Trout and Bass could find their way to your line.

December

The fishing season is over, but if there comes a particularly beautiful and warm December, try your luck and go to the Saco River, maybe a nice Trout or Bass will favor your hook.

Saco River Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Half day inshore
Erik R. fished with Maine Tuna Fishing on July 17, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book a morning trip to increase your odds and stay away from the heat. The ocean is rougher than you would think, keep that in mind if you have a weak stomach and if you have balance issues.
Best day of our vacation!
Marc B. fished with Maine Tuna Fishing on July 9, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book for a full day if you want to bring back your quota. It takes two hours to get to Jeffrey Ledge which is where you want to be.
Fun time with captain Matt Roy
Sal B. fished with Stickin' It Out Charters on July 14, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was my first time fishing in Scarborough It’s hard to say but it seemed Good. Our captain was very knowledgeable so I’m not sure if you would do as well on your own or with a less experienced captain
Great day with Capt Matt
Curt L. fished with Stickin' It Out Charters on August 4, 2017
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring some food and drink with you, no one got sick but everyone was hungry

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Saco River

According to customer reviews, Fin N Juice and Stickin' It Out Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Saco River. Full list of top fishing charters in Saco River.

Fin N Juice and Stickin' It Out Charters received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Saco River.

The best way to experience fishing in Saco River is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Saco River.

The top fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Saco River is:

Spring is here, so dust off your fly/conventional fishing gear and explore the Saco River. Fly fishing for Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout is better every day, and Bass are biting as well. Check availability for local fishing charters in Saco River.