Fishing in Acadia National Park Is One of the Best Pastimes

Picture yourself relaxing on the shores of a beautiful pond or lake, soaking in the magnificent views of one of Maine’s national parks. Breathtaking views while fishing in Acadia National Park sets the scene for a perfect day in the great outdoors! Maybe you’re an avid fisher with tons of experience. Perhaps you’re just getting your feet wet in this new-to-you hobby. Regardless, you’re bound to have a great time casting your line. Reel in your biggest catch yet or just enjoy the tranquility that accompanies this age-old pastime. Don’t forget to access our free Vacation Guide for more great things to do in Downeast, Maine!

Fishing in Acadia National Park

“Many go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” —Henry David Thoreau

Where to Go

In Acadia National Park, visitors will encounter a number of fishing opportunities! Pack up your rods and reels, stop for some bait on the way, and get ready for a relaxing day on the water! Whether you’re interested in saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, or a little of both, you’re likely to reel in a great catch in the park!

Maine Fishing Tip: Don’t forget to obtain a fishing license before heading out to the park!  

Saltwater Fishing

Watch your line bob around in the waves while you wait for a bite! Just be careful and cautious of surf conditions. Also, be careful of your footing! Sometimes the algae and seaweed can make the rocks slippery. The best ocean fishing spots in the park include:

Freshwater Fishing

Encounter a number fish-filled ponds and lakes throughout the park! Take your boat out on the water or simply fish from the shores. There’s no better way to get your fill of nature while soaking in the outstanding views of mountain peaks and towering trees! Some of the ponds and lakes in the park that are available to fish on include:

  • Bubble Pond
  • Eagle Lake
  • Echo Lake,
  • Half Moon Pond
  • Hodgdon Pond
  • Jordan Pond
  • Long Pond
  • Lower and Upper Breakneck Ponds
  • Lower Hadlock Pond
  • Round Pond
  • Seal Cove Pond
  • Upper Hadlock Pond
  • Witch Hole Pond

What to Catch

Fishermen (and fisherwomen) will find a wide variety of fish species throughout the park! Each pond, lake, and spot on the ocean offers a different selection. While ocean fishing, you can expect to catch mackerel, bluefish, and striped bass in the summer months. In the ponds and lakes, you can catch brook, brown, and lake trout, landlocked salmon, chain pickerel, smallmouth bass, sunfish, alewives, white sucker, and perch!

Stay on Deer Isle

room five at pilgrim's inn with white iron bed frame and soothing decorMake the most of your Downeast, Maine, vacation by staying at Pilgrim’s Inn! After spending a day hiking, kayaking, or fishing in Acadia National Park, you can return to our cozy accommodations to rest your head! Our Room Five allows for ample views of the gorgeous mill pond on our property and boasts sophisticated furnishings and stylish decor. Additionally, guests wake up to a delicious, gourmet breakfast each morning!

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