Anglers visiting DownEast Acadia will find outstanding opportunities for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Our lakes and ponds hold a number of freshwater game species. Ocean species include mackerel, bluefish, and striped bass.
Fresh Water Fishing:
Explore The Grand Lakes region, an inland paradise filled with outdoor recreation opportunities that have been attracting visitors for decades.
Grand Lake Stream: Sitting West Grand Lake and Big Lake in the northeastern DownEast area, the small town of Grand Lake Stream has been attracting outdoor sporting enthusiasts for nearly 200 years. The area is one of Maine’s premier fishing spots for land-locked salmon. Long expanses of undeveloped shoreline above the crystal-clear waters make this a peaceful experience.
Guide service and sporting camps are available; chest waders are recommended.
At Green Lake in Ellsworth or Mopang Lake, both salmon and splake (a brook trout/lake trout hybrid) abound.
There are plenty of lakes and ponds easily accessible by small boat and canoe to fish for brook trout, some in remote locations, like Monroe Lake, others easier to find, like Long Pond in Aurora.
For good action on 8- to 10-inch brook trout, head to Young's Pond in Otis.
We have excellent opportunities to fish for premier, even trophy-worthy, smallmouth bass. Many of our smallmouth bass lakes and ponds have sports camps and guide services available. For some fast fishing on 9- to 12-inchers.
Try Meddybemps Lake or Beech Hill Pond in Otis. Other species include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white and yellow perch, sunfish, and lake trout.
A State of Maine fishing license is required for freshwater fishing. No license is needed for ocean fishing. The freshwater fishing season is generally April through September. For complete information on Maine fishing rules and regulations (all seasons, all kinds of water) visit the Maine IF&W web page on the subject. Serious anglers should also pick up a copy of Maine’s Open Water Fishing Regulations 2021 Edition.
Many of Maine’s fisheries can only be accessed by using private lands. Please treat all lands you use with respect.
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