Guided Maine Fishing Basics

Learning to fish is fun

A trip designed for the person interested in fishing but feels like there is too much to learn. This is a chance to spend three hours with a patient teacher going over the basics. Things like casting, rod and line selection, basic knots and what lure or bait to use or where to fish. Not all of the information you will ever need but a good start on the basics. From how to cast a line to landing a fish we will cover it all; in a fun way. Oh, and by the way we will plan to catch a fish or two.

Got brand new equipment but don’t have any idea how to use it? Bring it along and we can have you set up and fishing with an understanding of not only how to but why in our time together. Experience fishing in the Maine outdoors with a Master Maine Guide who’s an expert on the area’s geography, wildlife, history and the how-to basics.

You’ll have an exclusive, private trip starting in your chosen location. We’ll introduce the family to the fun of learning new fishing skills while gaining an appreciation for the history and culture of the region. Since you’ll not be part of a larger group, we can arrange the trip around your interests We’ll make the most of your time on this trip whether it is a full-day or a few hours.

Where and When

Fishing basics can take us to a variety of lakes and ponds in the area; mid-coast Maine is an excellent fishing region. We often focus on Megunticook Lake in Camden or Seven Tree Pond in Union, and in saltwater from Thomaston Harbor. We will select specific locations to meet your preferences and the weather.


 Don Kleiner, Master Maine Guide

Don’s encyclopedic knowledge of Maine’s outdoors, wildlife, geography, and culture create an exclusive, guided experience like no other in the state of Maine. You’ll have a chance to soak up the pristine outdoors of Maine, creating memories with your family to last a lifetime, with an expert in the field.

Maine Outdoors for the Whole Family

Kids, parents, and grandparents will be at ease on the trip, learning something new while having fun. Don can make accommodations for various learning styles and accessibility needs, so every member of the family can fully experience the Maine outdoors during your custom bass fishing trip.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler who wants to add a new skill in your fishing game, Don's expertise of over thirty years leading trips in Maine will ensure your success with helpful suggestions, knowledge of the area, the wildlife, and the environment.

Since you'll have a private, exclusive trip, fishing from a 20-foot Lund Alaskan set up to make fishing easy. We’ll provide the equipment for fly or spin fishing including bait and life jackets provided for your size family and children. If you’d like to use your own gear, bring it along! We’re happy to show you around your new equipment.


What's Included

Maine Outdoors will supply everything you’ll need for your fishing or nature exploration trip including:

Boat and Guide

Fishing rods, lures, and bait


Rain Jackets (if needed)

Fishing licenses


What You’ll Need to Bring

Your jacket in case the weather turns cool

Your smile

Your credit card


For full day trips, Don will include lunch at a quiet shoreside setting.


Need more information? Frequentlyasked questions are answered here.


Your unique Maine adventure is a quick click away! Enjoy the Maine outdoors with your family, under the care of a Master Maine Guide.

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