A man waist deep in water holding a silver fish and his fishing rod

Designated waters of the refuge are open to fishing one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset during seasons prescribed by the state of Maine. Brook trout inhabit steams and beaver flowages, while smallmouth bass, yellow perch and chain pickerel may be found in lakes and ponds. Outboard motors (including electric) are not permitted on waters of the wilderness areas.

Many streams and several lakes and ponds on both the Baring and Edmunds Divisions are open to fishing. A Maine fishing license is required, which can be purchased in Calais. All State of Maine seasons and regulations apply.

Maps of fishing areas are available from the refuge office. Certain areas are closed to fishing until after the waterfowl nesting season to prevent disturbance. Boat access is provided at Bearce Lake (no motors) and Vose Pond.

Small-mouth bass, yellow perch, brook trout, and chain pickerel are the most common species caught by anglers. Lead tackle is prohibited on all national wildlife refuges.

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