Anglers, Ahoy! Boat Tours & Southern Maine Fishing Spots

Before our beloved Perkins Cove got its name, it was affectionately dubbed Fish Cove by the old dory fishermen who moored their boats there. Today, the fishing frenzy in Ogunquit shows no signs of slowing down, with fishing charters departing regularly from the cove and an abundance of docks flanking our shores. Whether you’re an avid or amateur angler, gear up to cast your line with our guide to southern Maine fishing.

Maine fishing at The Dunes on the Waterfront in Ogunquit.
Fishing at The Dunes.

Fishing In Maine: Boat Tours & Spots To Fish Near Ogunquit

Set Off On A Fishing Boat Tour

Is the deep blue calling your name? Look to Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing right here in Ogunquit to head waaay offshore in search of Atlantic cod, pollock, hake, and haddock. Experts, newcomers, and families alike are welcome as an experienced crew awaits to help you catch, land, and even clean and fillet your fish if you like. Your ticket cost includes complimentary deep sea fishing gear.  Embark on a half-day trip or a longer excursion for a deeper dive into southern Maine fishing.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Maine if you didn’t set off on a lobster-lugging tour or two. Be a Mainer for a day aboard a Finestkind lobstering trip and learn all about our most celebrated crustacean and how our authentic Maine lobstermen catch them (if you can pry your eyes from that breathtaking Ogunquit coastline, that is!).

Snag A Spot Along The Shore

If you’d like to stay close to the coast, all you need’s a spot to cast your lure — and with miles of Ogunquit coastline, it’s the easiest catch of the day. The most popular place for fishers? Right off the bridge at Main Beach, a spot known for its surplus of striped bass. Ogunquit Beach’s bridge also has merits to offer anglers: serene sights and sounds from dawn to dusk. Or, think outside the tackle box and fish on the rocks near York’s Wiggly Bridge (the world’s shortest suspension bridge).

Sebago Lake in southern Maine.
Photo: Carlos Castro / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0.

Get A Fresh(water) Perspective

You may think southern Maine fishing happens strictly on saltwater shores, but don’t overlook our freshwater spots. About 30 miles north, Little Ossipee Lake offers some immaculate freshwater fishing near Ogunquit, where you can reel in some rainbow trout, yellow perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass. Sebago Lake, though a bit of a trip from southern Maine, is a pro angler’s paradise with trophy-sized trout and landlocked salmon.

Simply Step Outside Your Cottage Door

With so many spots for fishing in Maine, you may be surprised to discover how close to home you can keep the fishing haul. Step over to the Tidal River right by the The Dunes and capture yourself some cod or halibut (and taste the fruits of your fishing labor by cooking up your catch inside your own cottage kitchen!). No matter where you cast your line, be sure to breeze through Maine fishing regulations for guidelines including baiting and bagging.

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