Freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities
Freshwater fishing requires a State of Maine fishing license, as determined by state law. A license is not required to fish in the ocean.
The freshwater fishing season in Maine is generally April through September. Check the State of Maine Open Water Fishing Regulations on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website for exact dates.
During July and August, trout and salmon are found deep in the cooler waters of lakes and ponds on Mount Desert Island. Special fishing gear, such as lead core line or a down-rigger, will greatly increase chances of hooking a salmon or trout in the summer. In the cooler seasons, trout and salmon can be caught readily using common methods. Warm-water species can be caught throughout the season using common methods.
Regulations Portions of lake and pond shorelines may be privately owned. Please respect private property.
Several ponds and lakes on the island are public drinking water supplies where swimming, wading, and pets are prohibited. Please follow posted regulations.
Eating freshwater fish containing mercury can be harmful if consumed in quantities. For safe-eating guidelines, consult the State of Maine Open Water Fishing Regulations on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.
Motors over 10 horsepower are prohibited on: Eagle Lake landlocked salmon brook trout lake trout Echo Lake brook trout landlocked salmon Jordan Pond landlocked salmon lake trout Lower Hadlock Pond brook trout brown trout sunfish white perch Upper Hadlock Pond brook trout
Internal Combustion engines are prohibited on: Bubble Pond brook trout Witch Hole Pond brook trout
No motors are permitted on: Half Moon Pond brook trout Upper Breakneck Pond brook trout Lower Breakneck Pond brook trout
Boaters: Clean your boat before you float. Watch out for hitchhiking plants on boats and equipment. A single invasive plant or plant fragment can infest an entire lake or stream. Dispose of plants on high, dry land away from lakes and ponds.
Fishing Licenses State of Maine fishing licenses are required for Maine residents 16 years or older and non-residents 12 years or older. Fees vary based on resident/non-resident status, age, and length of license. State of Maine freshwater fishing licenses may be purchased at:
Town of Mt. Desert 21 Sea Street Northeast Harbor 207-276-5531
Town of Southwest Harbor 26 Village Green Way Southwest Harbor 207-244-5404
Town of Tremont 119 Tremont Road Tremont 207-244-7204
Paradise True Value 31 Holland Avenue Bar Harbor 207-288-4995
Wal-Mart 461 High Street Ellsworth 207-667-6780 Willey's Sport Center 248 State Street Ellsworth 207-667-2511
Licenses may also be purchased online through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's on-line hunting & fishing licensing system.
Ice Fishing The ice fishing season generally lasts from January 1 to March 31. Check the State of Maine Ice Fishing Regulations handbook for exact dates and possession and size limits. Many of the larger ponds and lakes in the park are popular locations for ice fishing. Please be cautious on frozen bodies of water and ensure that ice thickness is sufficient to support your weight.
More Information The State of Maine Open Water Fishing Regulations on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website ( http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/index.htm ) contains information about fishing regulations, including length, bag, and possession limits; safe eating guidelines; opportunities for children, and more.
For detailed information about fishing in Maine, visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.
A license is not required to fish in the ocean. There are, however, safety concerns when ocean fishing:
* Be cautious of surf conditions. Sudden waves can wash the shore and sweep you out to sea. * Watch your footing; seaweed and algae-covered rocks are extremely slippery.
Ocean fishing areas in the park include:
* Sargent Drive, Somes Sound Mackerel and bluefish (when running, periodically in mid-July, August, September) striped bass (July, August, September). * Frazer Point, Schoodic Peninsula Mackerel (when running, periodically in mid-July, August, September).