The Midcoast region displays the splendid irregularities of the Maine coastline. Coves, rocky points, peninsulas, and river mouths add to the stark beauty of this rugged shore.
In Midcoast Maine, the mountains nearly touch the sea. You can go boating on the ocean in the morning and climb a mountain that same afternoon.
Midcoast Maine is known for some of the best white perch fishing in the state, but largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing can be red-hot too. Anglers usually pass through this region on their way to the more storied waters of the north, not realizing that they are passing up some of the stateâ€™s better angling opportunities.
Brown trout are a Midcoast success story. Several rivers and numerous lakes and ponds hold browns, providing fast fishing from ice-out until the end of the open water season.
The Midcoast region contains two trophy landlocked salmon waters, St. George Lake (Site 24) and Swan Lake (Site 31). Both lakes also contain large numbers of brook trout. The rapid growth rate of fish in these lakes is mind-boggling. A 9-inch trout stocked in April of one year may weigh over two pounds the following April.
As with southern Maine, the areas adjacent to U.S. Route 1 are tourist havens, but in the Midcoast region, the commercial edge has worn off. This is an area of rolling hills, winding roads, and typical New England villages, each with a white-painted church and pointed steeple. Instead of factory outlet stores and garish neon signs, you will see homemade signs touting handicrafts and used lobster traps. Roadside flea markets and vendors selling shrimp and clams from the backs of pickup trucks take the place of fast-food restaurants.