Designed by the Fisheries Division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, “The Maine Fishing Guide” is an online tool to assist anglers with locating Maine’s sportfish locations, and to give them ideas to plan their next outdoor fishing adventure. This tool is unique among the states and makes Maine a leader in providing information to anglers in a unique, useable format.

“Maine is a world class fishing destination, and the ‘Maine Fishing Guide’ shows anglers why and where” said John Boland, director of IF&W’s fisheries division. “This service is a great way for people to seek — and then explore — locations throughout the state that they may not have heard about.”

The Maine Fishing Guide is configured on GoogleEarth software, which users may download onto their computer from the guide’s home page. It features “layers” of information, such as where to find various species of fish, lake depths, conservation lands, IF&W facilities, towns, public boat launches, sporting camps, campgrounds, fishing shops, and Registered Maine Guides. Anglers can pick which layer to place on the map, then zoom in or click on the icons that appear on the screen to get more information. New layers will be added as information becomes available or based on requests from the angling community.

“This GoogleEarth application allows anglers to readily locate principal lake and pond fisheries for coldwater species and bass, as well as the presence of other sportfish species identified as principal fisheries,” said Jim Pellerin, an IF&W regional fisheries biologist based in Gray, who is the guide’s primary designer. Chris Halstead of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection assisted with the development of the application.

The ‘Maine Fishing Guide’ not only uses information from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, it shares with anglers information from other state agencies and private entities that comes in handy when planning a fishing trip. Among the providers are the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Department of Conservation, the University of Maine, the Maine Aquatic Biodiversity Project, Maine Professional Guides Association, U.S. Geological Survey, campgrounds and fishing shops.

“This new application provides an excellent way for the traveling angler to learn about not only the resources in the area but the services that they might use like Registered Maine Guides,” said Don Kleiner, executive director of The Maine Professional Guides Association. “Congratulations to IF&W for taking the initiative on this project.”

‘The Maine Fishing Guide’ can be found by selecting the link at mefishwildlife.com or by going directly to maine.gov/ifw/fishing/fishingGuide.html.

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