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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

Fishing

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Freshwater Fishing

 
Fishing season: approximately April through September. Click here for State of Maine Fishing Requlations.

For more information on fishing in and around the park, click here.

 

Regulations

 

Portions of lake and pond shorelines may be privately owned. Please respect private property. Several ponds and lakes on the island are public drinking water supplies where swimming, wading, and pets are prohibited. Please follow posted regulations.

Eating freshwater fish containing mercury can be harmful if consumed in quantities. For safe-eating guidelines, consult the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website here.

Boaters: Clean your boat before you float. Watch out for hitchhiking plants on boats and equipment. A single invasive plant or plant fragment can infest an entire lake or stream. Dispose of plants on high, dry land away from lakes and ponds.

 

Licenses

 
State of Maine fishing licenses are required for Maine residents 16 years or older and non-residents 12 years or older. Fees vary based on resident/non-resident status, age, and length of license. Licenses can be purchased at many area retailers, as well as online through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife here.
 
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Ice Fishing

 

Ice fishing season: generally January through March. Many larger ponds and lakes in the park are popular locations for ice fishing. Please be cautious on frozen bodies of water and ensure that ice thickness is sufficient to support your weight.

 
Stay Back from the Edge

Ocean Fishing

 

A license is not required to fish in the ocean. There are, however, safety concerns:

  • Be cautious of surf conditions. Sudden waves can wash the shore and sweep you out to sea.
  • Watch your footing; seaweed and algae-covered rocks are extremely slippery

Ocean fishing areas include:

  • Sargent Drive, Somes Sound
    Mackerel, bluefish, and striped bass July through September.
  • Frazer Point, Schoodic Peninsula
    Mackerel periodically mid-July through September.

 
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Fish and Areas

 

Bubble Pond
brook trout

Eagle Lake
landlocked salmon
brook trout
lake trout

Echo Lake
landlocked salmon
brook trout

Half Moon Pond
brook trout

Hodgdon Pond
brown trout
chain pickerel
smallmouth bass
sunfish
white perch
yellow perch

Jordan Pond
landlocked salmon
lake trout

Long Pond
landlocked salmon
brook trout
smallmouth bass
chain pickerel

Lower and Upper Breakneck Ponds
brook trout

Lower Hadlock Pond
brook trout
brown trout
sunfish
white perch

Round Pond
smallmouth bass

Seal Cove Pond
alewives
brown trout
chain pickerel
smallmouth bass
sunfish
white perch
white sucker
yellow perch

Upper Hadlock Pond
brook trout

Witch Hole Pond
brook trout

 
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Boat restrictions

 

Motors over 10 horsepower are prohibited on:
Eagle Lake
Echo Lake
Hodgdon Pond
Jordan Pond
Lower Hadlock Pond
Seal Cove Pond
Upper Hadlock Pond

Internal combustion engines are prohibited on:
Bubble Pond
Round Pond
Witch Hole Pond

No motors are permitted on:
Half Moon Pond
Lower and Upper Breakneck Ponds

There is no horsepower limit on:
Long Pond

Did You Know?

Bronze statue of a Passamaquoddy man

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is a National Park Service site located within three hours of Acadia. Saint Croix commemorates the first French attempt at a permanent settlement in N. America. Explore the mainland site with an interpretive trail featuring bronze statues and waysides. More...