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Fishing in Maine, A brief look

Maine is one of the most popular destinations for freshwater fishing. Eight percent of the entire state is inland water, bog and swamp. The Maine coastline provides for bays, tidal river mouths and inlets. Because of the natural wilderness and remote expanse, Maine still offers inaccessible brook-trout fishing for the serious angler. Saltwater fishing in Maine provides mostly for striped bass, pollock, and mackerel. Deep sea and offshore fishing will provide for bluefin tuna hauls.

Canoe trips and kayak fishing in Maine are popular with wilderness floats heading more than 100 miles. Fly fishermen tend to enjoy fishing for trout and landlocked salmon in some of the more remote northern Maine fishing lakes. Casting dry flies or trolling with streamer flies are popular methods when kayak fishing in Maine. The best smallmouth bass fishing is found in southeastern Maine in the waters of West and East Grand Lakes. Atlantic salmon fishing guide tip: Guides expertly drift flies toward salmon lying in pools or riffles by casting across and above the fish. Retrieve is slow and steady, and few Atlantic salmon hit when the fly is being brought back in.

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Maine Fishing Locations

Fishing in Maine is the most prevalent in the following areas: Fish River Lake fishing: Long Lake, Fish River, St. John River, Eagle Lake, St. Froid Lake; DeBoulie and Allagash fishing: Red River, Gardner Lake, Allagash River, Round Pond; Chesuncook Lake, Moosehead Lake, Moose River, Kennebago Lake, The Rangeley Lakes, Sebago Lakes, Hancock County Lakes, Washington County waters

Maine Fishing Species

Popular Maine fishing species include: Brook trout, white perch, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, Atlantic salmon, chain pickerel

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