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Guide to fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in local lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Maine offers fantastic trout fishing opportunities with a variety of trout species thriving in its lakes and rivers. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state. The three main species of trout that attract anglers are brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout.

Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), also known as speckled trout, are native to Maine and can be found in the state's cold, clear streams and ponds. They are highly prized by anglers for their beautiful colors and elusive nature. Brook trout fishing often involves wading through remote streams and enjoying the serene wilderness of Maine's backcountry.

Brown trout (Salmo trutta) were introduced to Maine waters during the late 1800s and have since become well-established. They thrive in both lakes and rivers and can grow to impressive sizes. Popular brown trout fishing spots in Maine include the Kennebec River and the West Branch of the Penobscot River.

Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are another introduced species that have adapted well to Maine's waters. They are often found in lakes, ponds, and larger rivers. Some of the best rainbow trout fishing locations in Maine are the East Outlet of the Kennebec River and Baxter State Park's waters.

Maine holds several state records for trout catches, and anglers continue to chase these elusive titles. To preserve the health of trout populations and ensure the sustainability of this cherished fishery, catch-and-release practices are encouraged in many areas. Maine's trout fishing season typically runs from April to September, and the state's diverse and scenic landscapes make it a top destination for trout anglers seeking a memorable and rewarding fishing experience.

Trout Fishing Waters

Maine Fishing Lake

With all the clear cold water in Maine, it's no wonder that you can find trout in most waters. Virtually all streams and rivers contain trout. Major lakes with a healthy trout population include Allagash Lake, Androscoggin Lake, Aziscohos Lake, Baskahegan Lake, Big Lake, Chamberlain Lake, China Lake, Chesuncook Lake, Cobbosseecontee Lake, Damariscotta Lake, Eagle Lake, East Grand Lake, Flagstaff Lake, Graham Lake, Grand Lake Matagamon, Great Pond, Lobster Lake, Long Lake, Messalonskee Lake, Millinocket Lake, Moosehead Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Munsungan Lake, Pemadumcook Lakes, Portage Lake, Rangeley Lake, Richardson Lakes, Sebago Lake, Sebec Lake, Schoodic Lake, Square Lake, St Froid Lake, Thompson Lake, Webb Lake and West Grand Lake. Ice fishing for trout is an option ant numerous lakes when winter sets in on Maine.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 9 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 2 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 23 lbs 5 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 39 lbs 2 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Maine State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was caught from Quarry Pond.

The state record blueback trout was taken out of Pushineer Pond.

The state record brook trout was taken out of Mousam Lake.

The state record brown trout came from Square Pond.

The state record lake trout was caught in Richardson Lake.

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Visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife website for information on trout stocking in Maine.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Additional trout fishing information

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Trout locations and info, by state.

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The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Maine waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.