Maine Ice Fishing Charters

Maine Ice Fishing Charters

Best Ice Fishing Charters in Maine

Ice Fishing in Maine

Winter fishing can pose a problem for some anglers. But not in the Pine Tree State – the ice fishing Maine has to offer will keep you busy all winter! You can stay warm and toasty in ice shacks while you wait for a fish to bite.

What to Catch

Winter fishing offers up a treat to anglers of all skill levels. If you want to hit big numbers,  spend your trip targeting Cusk – they receive hardly any fishing pressure during the rest of the year. This makes them bountiful and big, reaching up to 10 pounds. You can also target Landlocked Salmon, Brown Trout, Togue, Pike, and Perch.

Where to Go

When the ice is over 4 inches thick, it becomes safe to ice fish. There are hundreds of lakes to choose from and 37,000 miles of rivers. They each have their own regulations, so have a look at what you can fish for before you go.

Moosehead Lake

One of the most prolific spots, this lake is over 40 miles long and 12 miles wide in some places. You’ll be ice fishing for Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Salmon, Togue, and Smallmouth Bass in the shadow of Mount Kineo. The flags on your traps will be waving non-stop here!

Sebago Lake

For big Trout, try ice fishing in Sebago Lake. You can regularly catch Trout in the 10 lb range. Due to the sheer size of the lake, you’re better off waiting until February, once it has had time to properly freeze over. Also biting well here are Cusk and Togue.

East Grand Lake

East Grand Lake is over 20 miles long and is a top spot for Brook Trout and Bass, which can be caught year-round via different techniques. When ice fishing in the winter, a top species to target is the naturally nocturnal Cusk. However, a good time to catch them during the day is in March when they spawn. Head to the sandy coves of East Grand Lake for great results.

Norcross Pond

Norcross Pond in Franklin County has a maximum depth of 24 feet. It’s a good spot for catching White Perch, Pickerel, Trout, and Largemouth Bass. The stocked Trout regularly reach lengths of 13 inches.

Allagash Lake

If escaping the daily hubbub of life is a top priority for you, try ice fishing from Allagash Lake in northern Maine. You’ll be able to target Trout, Salmon, and even a Pike or two. Dress warm, temperatures can get as low as -4°F in the heart of winter.

How to Fish

  • Layers, layers, layers! Dress for the conditions, with wool socks that are a little bit loose, insulated boots, water resistant outerwear, and fleece sweaters.

  • You can legally ice fish with up to 5 lines maximum. Check on your traps at least once an hour. If your bait is missing but you’re not catching anything, loosen the tension bolt.

  • By the end of the winter in March, target the mouth of the spawning streams – follow the smelt and the Salmon will come! Salmon can't resist smelt!

  • For Brown Trout, fish in shallow waters using minnows, crayfish, and worms.

When to Go

A lot of the fisheries in Maine open up to ice fishing in January, and stay open until March. There are some that can be fished before that, if the ice is thick enough! Check out the regulations for each lake online before you fish.

There are ice fishing derbies throughout January and March, so grab your fishing buddy and have fun ice fishing in Maine this winter!

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What anglers said about Ice Fishing in Maine

I would recommend anglers fishing in Biddeford for the first time. Captain Tom was an awesome guide!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend anglers fishing in Biddeford for the first time. Captain Tom was an awesome guide!!
Kenny  J.
Kenny J.
Went fishing with Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter on 9/14/23. The weather was perfect! It was our first time fishing in Maine (from Texas).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Went fishing with Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter on 9/14/23. The weather was perfect! It was our first time fishing in Maine (from Texas).
Elizabeth  U.
Elizabeth U. Baltimore, MD
Dress in layers and prepare for a somewhat bumpy ride. Worth it for the fish, though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers and prepare for a somewhat bumpy ride. Worth it for the fish, though!
Gillian  C.
Gillian C. Norridgewock, Maine
Dress appropriately and if possible, buy a parking pass in advance if you are taking the early trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately and if possible, buy a parking pass in advance if you are taking the early trip.
Randy  L.
Randy L. Winthrop Harbor, IL
Be sure to understand if there is a bathroom on board the boat. It may be an issue on 3 to 4 hour trip for some people.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to understand if there is a bathroom on board the boat. It may be an issue on 3 to 4 hour trip for some people.
Richard  H.
Richard H.
We stayed out in Conway, NH - there is not a lot in Sebago! Lake is very pretty though.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We stayed out in Conway, NH - there is not a lot in Sebago! Lake is very pretty though.
Hannah  G.
Hannah G. Greenwich, CT
If you want to catch fish you will hear. Give eagles rock a try. Highly recommend them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to catch fish you will hear. Give eagles rock a try. Highly recommend them
Roger  B.
Roger B. Biddeford, Maine
Come prepared to have a great time....and bring a jacket. The rest is handled by the Captain. ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come prepared to have a great time....and bring a jacket. The rest is handled by the Captain. ??
Donna  A.
Donna A. Tonawanda, New York
Ask questions keep. Enjoy the scenery. Keep realistic expectations. The Captain is
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask questions keep. Enjoy the scenery. Keep realistic expectations. The Captain is
DARRIN  P.
DARRIN P.
Great to know the area, admittedly fishing is better in the beginning and at the end of the season, when the hearing are running.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great to know the area, admittedly fishing is better in the beginning and at the end of the season, when the hearing are running.
Juan  F.
Juan F. Haverhill, MA
Know that days you are more productive than others, but appreciate the experience. Donna made the experience so worth it! She is a great captain!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know that days you are more productive than others, but appreciate the experience. Donna made the experience so worth it! She is a great captain!
Ann  S.
Ann S. Mocksville, NC
Talk to the Capt. in advance and discuss your level of experience and targeted fish so he can offer best advice for a successful experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the Capt. in advance and discuss your level of experience and targeted fish so he can offer best advice for a successful experience
Bill  B.
Bill B. Chester Springs, PA
I recommend bringing Dramamine if it’s your first time deep sea fishing, and I recommend booking your charter with Captain Larry the process is smooth and he knows what places to take you to to catch fish so no worries about not catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend bringing Dramamine if it’s your first time deep sea fishing, and I recommend booking your charter with Captain Larry the process is smooth and he knows what places to take you to to catch fish so no worries about not catching fish
Nathan  M.
Nathan M. Potsdam, New York
Fish in sping before the dogfish arrive and Haddok fishing is the best and you can keep one Cod in the spring and if lucky, one Halibut.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Fish in sping before the dogfish arrive and Haddok fishing is the best and you can keep one Cod in the spring and if lucky, one Halibut.
Larry  H.
Larry H. Pulaski, VA
Be prepared for a great experience - enjoy the nature and if you are lucky you will catch some striped bass and other incredible fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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 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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

Top Targeted Ice Fishing Species in Maine