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Fishing in the Rangeley Lakes Region

A Haven for Anglers

Nestled amidst forest-clad mountains of the Rangeley Lakes Region, in its glistening lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers, you will find world-class trout and salmon fishing. Here, nature's beauty is so extraordinary that even the most dedicated angler may find it hard to focus solely on their fishing.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or looking to learn a new hobby, the Rangeley Lakes Region area offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in Maine.

The Rangeley Lakes Region's fame as a fly-fishing destination for brook trout is well-deserved. Maine, especially the Rangeley Region, is one of the only places in the United States where wild native Brook trout can live in both rivers and lakes.  These unique natural resources, big lakes and fast-running rivers allow for the trout's large size.

Over time, salmon were introduced to our waters, making it a haven for both of these beloved species. As the ice melts on the lakes and ponds in early to mid-May, anglers are treated to excellent fly-fishing opportunities. During spring, anglers troll or cast with streamers, lures and bait on the lakes while the streams come to life after the spring run-off, usually in May and June.

Though many varieties of fish can be caught year-round, many can only be caught seasonally. Be sure to familiarize yourself with Maines Fishing Seasons and Laws, based on region and body of water, before heading out on a solo trip.  You can buy your fishing license locally at the Sports Shops or online at Licenses & Permits: Fishing.

Fishing April through September

Open water trout fishing season opens in the North Zone of Maine on April 1st. Rangeley's guides are highly recommended if you’re looking for local experts. A sports shop is a great place to learn about local hatches, fly patterns and the state’s latest trout-stocking efforts.

For salmon fishing, try out Rangeley Lake Fishing Charters.

Fly-fishing lessons are also offered May – September at Rangeley Region Sport Shop, a local Fly-Fishing Shop and Guide Service, which has been operational since 1945. Learn the techniques from their experienced staff, and you can make the perfect cast.

Prepare for an angler's paradise in the Rangeley Lakes Region, where nature's beauty and superb fishing combine to create an unforgettable world-class trout and salmon fishing experience.

Ice Fishing

Under the frozen sheet of ice atop a lake or pond, landlocked salmon and trout are still swimming strong. Rangeley Regions local outfitters know the best spots and offer guide services during Maine's ice-fishing season.

Free Fishing Weekend

Cast a line or set a tip-up during one of Maine’s Free Fishing Weekends, February 17-18, 2024 and June 1-2, 2024.

On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.

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