Where to Fish Along Maine's Coast

The following section includes information about and directions to many of Maine's saltwater boat ramp and shore fishing sites. All tidal water boat ramps that have received State assistance are listed here, along with many municipal and some privately owned facilities.

During the compilation of this section, State agencies, town offices, harbor masters, marine patrol officers and private businesses were contacted, as well as staff physically investigating many sites, in an attempt to collect the most current and relevant information. Most Maine coastal towns have some sort of public town landing, some of which were not included here due to space limitations. Other sites were omitted at the request or suggestion of a town, owner, or regional officer.

This section looks at the coast in three sections: western, midcoast, and downeast. Maps shown are for general reference; more detailed road maps and navigation charts should be consulted for land or water navigating, respectively.

Note: Strong currents can be found around river mouths, within rivers and along shores, with tidal effects magnifying currents as one heads downeast. Anglers and boaters should always exercise caution when on or along Maine's tidal waters. Also, please respect all public and private property!

Select a coastal region below to see summary of those fishing spots.

From Kittery to Cape Elizabeth
map of western Maine coast

From South Portland to Blue Hill
map of central Maine coast

From Ellsworth to Calais
map of eastern Maine coast

South Berwick South Portland Bristol area Ellsworth
Eliot Portland Waldoboro Trenton
Kittery Falmouth Thomaston Mount Desert Island
York / York Harbor Yarmouth St. George area Lamoine
Ogunquit Freeport South Thomaston Gouldsboro
Wells Brunswick Rockland Addison
Kennebunk / Kennebunkport Harpswell Rockport Jonesport
Cape Porpoise Augusta / Chelsea Lincolnville Machias
Saco / Biddeford Hallowell Northport Lubec
Old Orchard Beach Gardiner / Randolph Belfast Milbridge / Harrington
Scarborough Richmond Searsport Edmunds Township / Eastport
Cape Elizabeth Bowdoinham Stockton Springs Perry
  Bath Hampden / Franfort Robbinston / Calais
  Phippsburg Eddington / Brewer  
  Wiscasset Orrington / Verona  
  Boothbay Penobscot  
  Damariscotta Blue Hill