Salt Water & Deep Sea Fishing
Salt water fishing is popular in Acadia National Park and surrounding communities not only for the catch but for the spectacular views and ocean experience. Bar Harbor Deep Sea Fishing is a great summer activity.
While salt water fishing does not require a license in Maine, you are required to sign up with the salt water fishing registry. The National Saltwater Angler Registry is online at https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/. Registering is free and can be done online.
Where to Go:
- Sargent Drive, Somes Sound, Frazer Point, and the Schoodic Peninsula are some suggested sites for shore fishing. It is advised to be cautious while fishing along the coastline as large waves can unexpectedly hit the shore and the coastal rocks are extremely slippery.
- Pier fishing in Bar Harbor is also an option.
- The park service provides a complete list of recommended fishing areas according to fish species for Mount Desert Island.
If you have your own boat, public ramps can be found in Seal Cove and Tremont providing access to Blue Hill Bay. The Manset Town Landing also has a ramp and is a popular spot for shore fishing where mackerel is common. The town of Bar Harbor, though often congested, has an extra wide ramp accessible at high tide.
Fresh Water & Fly Fishing
Fresh water and fly-fishing are available in many lakes, streams and ponds within Acadia National Park and surrounding communities. Bar Harbor fishing on shore or by boat is a great family friendly activity.
The Fresh water fishing season is usually from April through October. Ice fishing Is usually open from January Until March though exact dates vary. Exact dates change yearly but are easily researched through the State of Maine Open Water Fishing Regulations website.
Several ponds are part of the Mount Desert Island drinking water supply and have posted regulations concerning water usage. These usually restrict swimming, wading, or disallow pets in or near the water but allow fishing activities. Many ponds have restrictions concerning motor boats based on Horsepower. A complete list is available at any Park information center.
Maine residents sixteen years or older or a non-resident twelve years or older are required to obtain a fishing license for freshwater fishing only. If you plan only a short vacation in the area, as a non-resident, you can purchase a license for shorter periods in many of the community offices and some of the local businesses.
Where to Go:
The park service provides a complete list of recommended fishing areas according to fish species for Mount Desert Island. Download the Acadia National Park Fishing Brochure.
Hire a Guide
If you’re hoping for more than park scenery or want to enjoy a group fishing experience, consider hiring a guide. A number of services are offered in the surrounding areas of Sedgwick, Blue hill and Deer Isle and these charters know just were to find the catch; such as striped bass, mackerel, smallmouth bass, or landlocked salmon. Enjoy charters on Penobscot River or Grand Lake Stream.