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.

The Grand Lake system 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. Or find salmon at Green Lake in Ellsworth or Mopang Lake, where both salmon and splake (a brook trout/lake trout hybrid) abound. We have 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 easy to find, like Long Pond in Aurora. For good action on 8- to 10-inch brook trout, head to Young’s Pond in Otis. Or head to the streams or falls to find brook trout.

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, anglers should pick up a copy of Maine’s Open Water Fishing Regulations. 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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