Lake or stream. Summer or winter. From the shore, in waders, on a boat, or through a hole in the ice. Maine’s quaint western mountain villages, their endless streams and tributaries and most of their largest lakes afford limitless opportunities to catch “the big one.”
Sebago Lake is one of the best-known lakes for fishing. Thousands of anglers throughout the country await word that the ice is out on Sebago, heralding a new fishing season and some of the best landlocked salmon and trout fishing anywhere.
This region’s countless streams and waterways offer, perhaps, the finest wild brook trout population in America. Smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as perch and sunfish, are also fun to catch in this region.
The Upper Androscoggin River, or Upper Andro, is another destination that boasts great fishing for brown, rainbow and brook trout, and smallmouth bass. Some of the waters in the southernmost part of the region offer the few remaining opportunities to land 10-pound-plus largemouth bass. And don’t forget that when the weather turns cold the fishing keeps going. Folks drag a shack out onto their favorite pond and start setting up traps just as soon as the ice is thick enough to withstand it. Plus, the “hardwater” culture in Maine has grown in popularity by making ice fishing “cool.”
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The Maine Fishing Guidewas developed by the Fisheries Division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to assist anglers in locating Maine's most common sportfish and to help plan for your next outdoor fishing adventure.