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Maine: 17 fishing charters available

Sea Time Fishing Charters

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Kittery
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trips from $500

Inlanders Guide Service

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (5)
Oakland
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trips from $200

Balding Eagle Enterprises

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (39)
Freeport
trips from $250

Super Fly Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (33)
Bath
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trips from $500

North East Salt Water Maine

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (5)
Phippsburg
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trips from $250

Pine State Outdoors - Belgrade

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (3)
Belgrade
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trips from $300

Pine State Outdoors

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (7)
Portland
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trips from $200

Special J Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (4)
South Portland

Topwater Guide Service

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (8)
Topsham
trips from $250

Freeport Charter Company

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (2)
Freeport
trips from $450

Are you ready for a vacation in Maine fishing to your heart's content? Get away from the daily grind, and come to the Pine Tree State up in the northeast, known for its Lobster, blueberries, and excellent fishing opportunities.

Maine is one of the few places in the US where you can fish for “pure” Trout – in 300 bodies of water here, the Trout population has never been stocked! In fact, you’ll find more Brook Trout here than anywhere else in North America. It’s not all about the Trout, though. Landlocked Salmon can be found in most rivers and lakes – it’s easy to see why it’s Maine’s official fish!

Due to the very different seasons throughout the year, Maine gives anglers the unique opportunity to fish a variety of techniques. In the spring and fall, you’ll find a multitude of anglers fly fishing the lakes, rivers, streams, and brooks. In the summer, head offshore and deep-sea fish for Bluefin Tuna. In the winter, when temperatures can reach -4°F, ice fishing is all the rage.

Maine Fishing Spots

Where, and when, you go fishing in Maine depends on your favorite fishing style. There are over 37,000 miles of rivers to choose from, and over 2,500 lakes. This allows anglers to target a variety of freshwater species. There are some spots which are just for fly fishing, and some, like Haley Pond Outlet, which is just for young anglers under the age of 16.

Southern Maine

You’ll want to head down south for plenty of Brown Trout, Salmon, Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Striped Bass. The nutritious waters help the fish reach good sizes – 4 lb Smallmouth Bass is common, and you might even hook a 20 lb Brown Trout if you’re lucky!

Sebago Lake

Sebago Lake is the deepest lake in New England, and the second largest lake in Maine. This is the lake for catching Salmon – after all, Salmo salar Sebago is the Italian name for Landlocked Salmon. As well as Salmon, expect to catch large Togue and some of the best Smallmouth Bass in southern Maine. There’s also Yellow Perch, American Eel, Northern Pike, Black Crappie, and more in this lake.

Cobbosseecontee Lake

For both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Cobbosseecontee Lake is the place to be. Plentiful and big, the Bass here are worth the trip. For Largemouth Bass, head toward Lilly Pond on the lake, and for Smallmouth Bass, ride over to Horseshoe Island. May to June is the best time to fish here. You can also catch Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, White Perch, Brook Trout, and Brown Trout.

Central Maine

There’s a lot of fishing opportunities in central Maine. You can fish out of many of the towns along these famous rivers.

Kennebec River

Heading up to the northeast, this is one of the most famous rivers in Maine. Brown Trout of 20 inches are common, but 30” fish have been caught, as well! The estuaries off of Kennebec River provide the perfect place for many saltwater fish to come inland to spawn. The mix of freshwater and saltwater allow for excellent fishing. Throughout the year, you can target Shortnose and Atlantic Sturgeon, Atlantic and Landlocked Salmon, Striped Bass, Carp, Alewife, American Shad, and plenty more.

Belgrade Lakes

This chain of lakes consists of the North Pond, East Pond, Great Pond, Long Pond, and Messalonskee Lake. Those fishing the Belgrade Lakes have the opportunity to target Walleye, Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Bullhead, Sunfish, and plenty more. The star attractions though are Landlocked Salmon, Brown and Brook Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and White Perch. For the best chance of catching Salmon, the Long Pond is known for being a hot spot, with 7 lb Salmon being the norm.

East Maine

The lakes in East Maine are top spots for your fishing vacation. Get off the beaten track and fish the St. Croix River, Third Machias Lake, Meddybemps Lake, Big Lake, Megunticook Lake, as well as the bigger ones mentioned below.

West Grand and East Grand Lakes

These huge waters are fantastic for Salmon, and are big enough to make anglers feel like they have the place to themself. You’ll need to time your trip here well, as ice-out can occur as late as May. That gives you until the end of June to fish the surface before the fish head into deeper waters for the summer. Don’t worry though, they’ll be back up top by September! This is a great spot for ice fishing in winter, too.

Northeast to Northwest

In the northeast of Maine is Aroostook County. Known for its potato crop, “the Country” has a rich Acadian culture. There are major limestone waters here, which have historically had little fishing pressure. Head over to the Meduxnekeag River, Prestile Stream, and parts of the Aroostook River for huge Trout.

Moosehead Lake

Located in the Maine Highlands, Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in the state and a world-class salmonid fishery. You’ll catch plenty of Brook Trout, Landlocked Salmon, and Togue, as well as Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, White Perch, Yellow Perch, and more. All of this, with jaw-dropping scenery surrounding you and plenty of space to wet your lines creates the perfect fishing experience.

Rangeley Lake

In the northwest of Maine, close to the New Hampshire border, is Rangeley Lake. This is a fantastic spot for Landlocked Salmon, where an 8 lb hook-up is possible. There are also Brook Trout, Togue, Lake Whitefish, and Bullheads here.

Offshore

Off the coast of Maine, the fishing changes dramatically. Lobster is a huge part of the fishing in Maine, and can be harvested year-round. Head out of Portland and plenty more coastal ports to target huge trophy-sized Bluefin Tuna, some reaching 900 pounds! When riding out, you also have the opportunity to see humpback, finback, and minke whales. How far you want to head out will dramatically change what you can catch.

Closer to shore, Cod, Hake, Haddock, and Pollock are all regularly caught. Head a little further out, and you can bottom fish for Halibut and Monkfish too. Offshore fishing is great for Mako, Blue, and Porbeagle Sharks, which are usually tagged and released.

Maine Fishing Tips

  • When fly fishing, choose a shorter rod for the best maneuverability. You’re less likely to catch your line on branches and bush.

  • From April to June, most of the fish can be found along the surface. They retreat to deeper, cooler waters in the height of summer, so downriggers are needed to reach them during this period. Trolling is perfect before the summer and in the fall.

  • When ice fishing, wrap up warm! You’ll need to check your traps at least once an hour. For bait, worms, crayfish, or small minnows work well.

Need to Know

There’s a saying in Maine that if you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, just wait 5 minutes and it will change! Just look at the seasons – the temperature in the summer can reach 77°F, whereas the winters can reach -13°F in the northernmost parts! Dress appropriately, and be ready for changes in the weather at a moment’s notice.

Regulations

Every angler over 16 years old will need a Maine fishing license, kept on their person at all times. Locals can choose a fishing-hunting combination license, and non-residents can get a license for one, three seven, or 15 days.

Any Bluefin Tuna you catch that is over 73 inches is legally the property of the boat, and will be sold commercially. For everything else you catch, there are limits on how many you can keep – your charter captain is the best source of information and help on this.

There are also laws on the gear you use – how many lines can be in the water, and even areas you can fish using certain techniques.

Whatever your skill level, there’s a fish in Maine with your name on it! Spend a little time in Maine fishing the lakes and rivers, and you'll feel a world away. You can test your skills in a range of ways, all to a beautiful backdrop of mountains and forests. It’s a truly breathtaking location for your next fishing vacation.

 

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January

There are plenty of ice fishing derbies to partake in from January to March. Moosehead Lake offers a three-day event in January.

February

Head to the ice fishing derby at Round Pond this month, or the Chocolate Festival on land. Lots to do for the whole family.

 
March

Another month, another ice fishing Derby! The Maine Ice Fishin’ Derby and Benefit can be done on all legal waters. Last month for ice fishing!

April

By mid-April the ice will have melted and the fisheries opened. Get out there and start hooking Trout, Salmon, and Bass.

 
May

This is the peak for surface fishing. You can troll the lakes for Salmon and Trout. Maine is beautiful in the spring, with crisp highs of 62°F.

June

It’s harder to surface fish now, as they start to descend to cooler depths. Grab you jigging gear! Maine B.A.S.S. Nation has a tournament in June.

July

July is a great month for Mackerel, tournaments, and festivals. Head to China Lake for Mainely Bass tournament and Yarmouth for their Clam festival.

August

It’s all about the Maine Lobster Festival in August – an awesome Lobster spectacular! Opening night sees the crowning of the Maine Sea Goddess!

September

Inshore, fish come back up to the surface, making perfect conditions for fly fishing. Fall fishing is strictly catch and release in Maine.

October

Join in the Somerset Bassmasters Tournament on the Belgrade Lakes. Will you catch the biggest fish?

November

November is a slow fishing month, so on land join in with the Thanksgiving festivities, like the Turkey Trot in Portland!

December

Some lakes allow ice fishing before the official season begins in January. Check the ice thickness and regulations and begin fishing!

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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.
5.0 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.
Erik  R.
Erik R. Saco, ME
Be prepared for a great experience - enjoy the nature and if you are lucky you will catch some striped bass and other incredible fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for a great experience - enjoy the nature and if you are lucky you will catch some striped bass and other incredible fish.
Christoph  E.
Christoph E. South Portland, Maine
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.
5.0 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.
Marc  B.
Marc B. Scarborough, Maine
Make sure that you talk to local fishermen to know what fish are biting and where they can be found.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure that you talk to local fishermen to know what fish are biting and where they can be found.
Tony  J.
Tony J. United States
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
5.0 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
Sal  B.
Sal B. Columbia, CT
Bring some food and drink with you, no one got sick but everyone was hungry
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring some food and drink with you, no one got sick but everyone was hungry
Curt  L.
Curt L. Medford, Massachusetts
Take a camera with you. You will have the opportunity to take a lot of pictures heading out of the shoreline. Have a clear mind and listen the Captain John as he will instruct you on the proper techniques for catching the blue fin tuna. This is important as a lot happens when you hook up on a tuna.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take a camera with you. You will have the opportunity to take a lot of pictures heading out of the shoreline. Have a clear mind and listen the Captain John as he will instruct you on the proper techniques for catching the blue fin tuna. This is important as a lot happens when you hook up on a tuna.
Christian  T.
Christian T. Danville, Kentucky

Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Spent a pleasant morning fishing for Stripers in beautiful Casco Bay. Saw Great Blue Herron, comerants, seals, a gigantic bald eagle nest and a smaller osprey nest. Caught 3 6 to 7 lb 27 inch stripers. It was also fun catching 20 mackeral for bait. Captain Dave shared local history in the bay involving Commadore Perry, an abandoned castle and who owns the largest boat in the bay. I highly recommend chartering a fishing trip with Balding Eagle Enterprises.
Michael  J.  R.
Michael J. R. Fort Collins, CO
Seawalker Excursions
Seawalker Excursions
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
Capt. Corey was chosen based on reviews and he turned out to be an awesome Capt. We are a seasoned fishing charter couple and Capt. Corey went above and beyond any of our expectations. He was timely, helped us catch our limit of striped bass, with a great tour and shared knowledge of the islands. We had a great day and would book with Corey again and again.
Thomas  B.
Thomas B. Bonney Lake, Washington
North East Salt Water Maine
North East Salt Water Maine
Fishing charter in Phippsburg
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
Capt. Joseph was friendly and willing to share his knowledge of the area and fisheries. He put us on Stripers right away after getting bait, and we had a fast start to a very nice morning.
KENNETH  R.
KENNETH R. Saint Paul, MN
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Sometimes everything goes right. The weather, the bait, the catch, and the guide. David could not do anything about the weather (it was perfect) but in all other things of a great fishing trip, he was right on. Jigging for bait was fun, I caught 8 stripers , and David worked as hard as any captain to look and find fish. The combination of all the elements made for a great day.
Lonnie  D.
Lonnie D. Middletown, MD
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Captain David was great, got us out hauling in mackerel with his sabiki rigs. He made great use of the two hours we went, visiting several different areas. (And as a bonus spotting quite a bit of wildlife including seals )
Amelia  K.
Amelia K. Portland, ME
Seawalker Excursions
Seawalker Excursions
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
Captain Corey was great, we caught tons of mackerel and everyone in our party caught 2 Nice Stripers. Would definelty recommend!
Jonathan  O.
Jonathan O. United States
Seawalker Excursions
Seawalker Excursions
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
We had a great time with Sea Walker Excursions. Captain Corey was really experienced and knew a lot of great spots. I’ll definitely book with Corey again next time we are in town.
Elijah  B.
Elijah B. Saginaw, TX
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Today we fished with captain David. What a great time and knowledgeable guide. We had a blast catching mackerel for our live bait and then a few stripers. 2 of which were keepers. Awesome day on the water. ~tight lines.
Brent  H.
Brent H. New York, New York
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Had a great time on the Balding Eagle with the Captain David. He was knowledgeable and willing to share his knowledge of the area, was great with the kids and ensured that everyone had fun. Really appreciate the trip!
Michael  M.
Michael M. United States
Seawalker Excursions
Seawalker Excursions
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
We had an absolutely amazing experience. Looking forward to many years to come fishing with Captain Corey.
Clarence  N.
Clarence N. Rumney, NH
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Really exciting trip, Lots of fish. Captain David has great, genuine enthusiasm for fishing.
Ursula  W.
Ursula W. Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sea Time Fishing Charters
Sea Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kittery
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 66 reviews
We went out of Kittery’s Pepperell Cove with Captain Larry and his first mate Oscar for an inshore half day sunset trip. The boys (9 and 10 yrs) really enjoyed catching mackerel for bait, and stripers for fun. Even brought some home for dinner. We’ll most certainly be back!
Christian  S.
Christian S. Concord, MA
Seawalker Excursions
Seawalker Excursions
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
Great trip. Had a lot of bites brought aboard several nice stripers. Definitely going back.
Trampas  H.
Trampas H. Chesterville, ME
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Thank you for a great trip! Captain David Tyson did a great job, and we caught some nice fish. It was a beautiful trip around Casco Bay.
Shayne  S.
Shayne S. N GROSVENORDL, CT
Seawalker Excursions
Seawalker Excursions
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
Captain Corey is a true professional! We showed up to the dock a few minutes late and we were still greeted generously and had a great experience. He displayed his knowledge and understanding of fishing perfectly and was able to put us in great positions to help us succeed in getting some great catches. Also social and does a great job at making you feel comfortable. Will definitely book with him again.
Peter  R.
Peter R. Claremont, NH
Sea Time Fishing Charters
Sea Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kittery
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 66 reviews
Incredible day on the water with Captain Larry and his son! We caught fish literally all day long and went home with more then we know what to do with catching a variety of amazing fish! Can't wait to book with him next year for a Striper Fishing Trip
Ryan  H.
Ryan H. United States
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
My wife and 14 year old son booked with The Captain to spend a morning on the ocean fishing. What a fantastic two hours. The Captain exceeded our expectations that was underlined by his enthusiasm to make sure we had a great time - and we did. And caught a big one. My son was thrilled and my wife and i wished we had booked a longer trip - which we will do, next time! Thanks Captain!
Joel  R.
Joel R. West Baldwin, Maine
Sea Time Fishing Charters
Sea Time Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kittery
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 66 reviews
We went out with captin Lawrence and I must say that he is a very good captin he worked hard to keep us on fish all day we had a nice mixed bag I would definitely return. Thx capt.
Allen  D.
Allen D. Sanatoga, PA
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Captain Dave was able to squeeze us in at the last minute and we are so grateful he did. He was super knowledgeable and knew of a lot of spots to try. We started by catching bait, and then coasted around the whole bay. We found a few spots with some good bites, and both caught ourselves some fish. It was a great time, with Dave being the best guide!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Boston, Massachusetts
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Fishing charter in Freeport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Captain David was an excellent guide who delivered the fish, was knowledgeable about the area and had a great way with kids. Thank you for a great introduction to striped bass fishing and Casco Bay. I highly recommend this custom guide trip with Captain David.
Nancy  S.
Nancy S. Dorchester, Massachusetts

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Maine

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Maine costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $445, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $699. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Maine is 22 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Sea Time Fishing Charters, Inlanders Guide Service, and Balding Eagle Enterprises are some of the most popular fishing charters in Maine. Full list of top fishing charters in Maine.

Sea Time Fishing Charters, Inlanders Guide Service, and Balding Eagle Enterprises all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Maine.

The best way to experience fishing in Maine 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 Maine.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Mackerel (Atlantic), and Pollock. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, jigging, and spinning. River fishing, inshore fishing, and lake fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

There are plenty of ice fishing derbies to partake in from January to March. Moosehead Lake offers a three-day event in January. Check availability for local fishing charters in Maine.