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Fishing At Messalonskee Lake In 2024

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, landlocked salmon, chain pickerel and northern pike at Messalonskee Lake in Maine.

Messalonskee Lake, ME

A popular warm-water fishery in the state of Maine is Messalonskee Lake, a 3,500-acre lake, at Belgrade. It is the second largest lake in the Belgrade Chain of Lakes.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Messalonskee Lake, situated in the central part of Maine, is a jewel for anglers seeking a diverse array of fish species and outdoor activities. This lake's location makes it easily accessible for both locals and visitors looking to enjoy the fishing opportunities it offers.

Anglers frequenting Messalonskee Lake are often rewarded with encounters with largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. These bass species thrive in the lake's waters, providing exciting fishing experiences for enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Additionally, Messalonskee Lake is known for its trout populations, including brown trout, lake trout, and brook trout. These trout species attract many anglers who relish the challenge of catching these elusive and highly prized fish.

For those seeking an even greater thrill, the lake provides opportunities to catch Atlantic salmon. While not as abundant as other species, the chance to catch one of these magnificent fish adds to the excitement of fishing in Messalonskee Lake.

Panfish enthusiasts will also find plenty of action here, with yellow perch, white perch, redbreast sunfish, and pumpkinseed sunfish all present in the lake. These species offer great opportunities for family fishing outings and provide enjoyable fishing experiences for younger anglers.

The majority of over 25 miles of shoreline is developed. An undeveloped marsh area on the southern end of the lake creates a nice nursery for many of the warm water species.

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Primary fish species residing in Messalonskee Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Brook Trout Brown trout Lake trout Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Atlantic Salmon Chain pickerel Northern Pike

Messalonskee Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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In addition to fishing, Messalonskee Lake is a fantastic spot for boating, with plenty of room to explore its expansive waters. Numerous camping areas around the lake allow visitors to immerse themselves in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy a memorable outdoor experience. Whether it's fishing, boating, or camping, Messalonskee Lake offers something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Belgrade Boat Shop
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
207 485-6953

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Belgrade Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Belgrade Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Messalonskee Lake Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Augusta Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Sidney Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Hosta Lane, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Click here for a Maine Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

No campgrounds or RV parks are at, or nearby the lake.

Messalonskee Lake ME Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Messalonskee Lake
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
207 287-8000


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