Maine’s tides are among the highest in the world. Such powerful forces can create unique situations for the angler. A moving tide can create a rip near any point of land or sand spit. Such areas are particularly good spots to seek striped bass. Do be aware that smaller motors may not be able to make much headway against a fast-moving tide, so gauge your travels accordingly.
Generally, an outgoing tide is best for fishing from shore on tidal rivers but an incoming is nearly as good. Dead low tide is a good time to sort your tackle or rest in the shade. High tide can be productive but you have to cruise around to find schools of fish.
Boaters lacking a tilt-trailer should plan to hit the launch before dead low tide.
Freshwater anglers can benefit from following the tide clock too. Fish in lakes and ponds in Maine seem to be most active from one hour before high tide to one hour after high tide. Schooling fish such as white perch are especially sensitive to tidal influence, even though the tide in a lake or pond is negligible. Tide tables are printed in all coastal newspapers and are also available in The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Select the tide schedule for the coastal area nearest the body of fresh water you plan to fish.