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Fishing in Maine: Top Spots for Freshwater Angling in the Pine Tree State

By    |   Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 08:53 PM

With more than 6,000 ponds and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, Maine has plenty of fishing holes. The trick is knowing where the top spots for freshwater angling in the Pine Tree State are located.

Wherever you choose, don't forget your fishing license. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, no resident or nonresident age 16 or older may fish in inland waters or transport fish taken from inland waters without first obtaining a valid Maine fishing license.

Here's what you should know about picking a place to freshwater fish in Maine.

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1. Megunticook Lake
This 1,220-acre lake in Camden Hills State Park is a hit with kayakers and anglers alike. It has coves, islands and open stretches. It's known for its clear water and plenty of smallmouth and largemouth bass and white perch. The best way to fish here is by boat, canoe, or from the shore, author Tom Seymour said in his book "Fishing Maine: An Angler's Guide to More than 80 Fresh and Saltwater Fishing Spots." The best time to fish is April through September.

2. Penobscot River
The largest river in the state of Maine is popular with fly fishermen and anglers aiming for trout and landlocked salmon. "The West Branch of the Penobscot River is one of the best landlocked salmon streams in the United States," according to a June 2015 fishing report on the fishing retail site Perfect Fly. The river has waterfalls and deep pools, and it has been featured in popular books and movies. It was the location for the movie "The Hunt for Red October," based on a novel by Tom Clancy, as the location chosen to high a Soviet submarine from spy satellites.

3. Cobbosseecontee Lake
Not only is it fun to say, but it's fun to fish Cobbosseecontee Lake. In 2013, Bassmaster magazine ranked it as Maine's top bass-fishing lake. The magazine noted it for its largemouth bass population. The lake is central Maine's largest body of water, and its proximity to the state capital area makes it attractive to both seasonal and year-round residents. "Some of the state's heftiest smallmouth and largemouth bass have been caught in 5,500-acre Cobbosseecontee Lake," a Boston Globe story about the "12 Best Fishing Spots in New England" noted. "Islands, inlets, coves, drop-offs, and rocky shorelines make it bass tournament-friendly."

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