World-class fishing in a pristine mountain setting.
Why fish in Rangeley?
Trophy-sized native brook trout. Landlocked salmon, togue, and perch. Pristine waters, hidden mountain ponds, and endless miles of secluded streams and rivers.
The Rangeley Lakes have been a fishing mecca ever since the 1870s, when East Coast urbanites first heard of the 8-10 lb trout being caught here. Their local guides advanced the sport of fly fishing by developing many of the flies and techniques used today.
Rangeley still boasts one of the nation’s healthiest populations of native brook trout (although they’re smaller today), and is “one of the top fishing locations in the U.S.” according to Trout Underground.
Learn to fly fish
Yes. Rangeley has the largest organization of Registered Maine Guides in Western Maine. These outdoor experts are licensed through a rigorous demonstration of their knowledge, skills, and ethics. Many specialize in fishing and can teach you everything you need to know, starting with the basics. Contact the Rangeley Region Sport Shop or River’s Edge Sport Shop for more information.
Supplies and local tips
Visit Rangeley Region Sport Shop in downtown Rangeley or River’s Edge Sport Shop in the nearby village of Oquossoc. Both carry everything you’ll need for a great day on the water, no matter what type of fishing you’re doing. They have knowledgeable staff people who can suggest what fish are active, what flies they’re hitting, and where to go. They can also connect you with local guides and equipment rentals.
Where to fish
People come from around the globe to fly fish the legendary Magalloway, Kennebago, and Rapid rivers. Popular lakes include Rangeley Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Cupsuptic Lake, Tim Pond, Dodge Pond, Little and Big Kennebago lakes, the Richardson lakes, and Aziscoos Lake.
When to fish
Fishing starts as soon as the ice melts (late-April to mid-May) and lasts through September. The fish move between streams, rivers, and ponds based on water temperature, so check with a guide to learn where the fish will be during your visit. The ice fishing season runs January 1 through March 31.
Yes, the State of Maine requires anyone age 16 or older to have a license. These can be purchased online or at a sporting goods store.
Want more information?
Contact Rangeley Region Sport Shop or River’s Edge Sport Shop. They know all. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Maine Fishing Guide has useful species-specific information, and their regional guide provides information on each body of water in the Rangeley Lakes region.