|Lakes Ponds||Rivers, Streams, Brooks|
|North Zone (See Map)||From April 1 to September 30: Open to open water fishing. From October 1 to March 31: Closed to all fishing.||North and South Zones|
|South Zone (See Map)||January 1 to December 31: Open to ice and open water fishing|
- 1 Is fishing free in Maine right now?
- 2 How many hooks can you use in Maine?
- 3 When can you start ice fishing in Maine?
- 4 Do you need a fishing license in Maine during Covid 19?
- 5 What fish can you catch in Maine?
- 6 When can you fish without a license in Maine?
- 7 How can I fish for free?
- 8 Is it legal to fish with corn in Maine?
- 9 Are worms considered live bait in Maine?
- 10 Is night fishing in Maine legal?
- 11 Can you fish in Maine in March?
- 12 How many ice traps can you have in Maine?
Is fishing free in Maine right now?
Free Fishing Weekend Cast a line or set a tip-up during one of Maine’s Free Fishing Weekends, February 19-20 and June 4-5, 2022. On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.
How many hooks can you use in Maine?
Yes. When fishing with bait, anglers are restricted to the use of a single baited hook on a line. By definition a hook is defined as a “single fish hook constructed with 1, 2, or 3 points. [Exception – Anglers hook and line fishing for smelt may fish an unlimited number of baited hooks on their line.]
When can you start ice fishing in Maine?
Tasty land-locked salmon, lake trout, brook trout, cusk, smelt and white fish are all popular catches. Ice fishing begins on Jan. 1 and lasts until March 31. You will need a license, but those are easy to get all over the state, from convenience stores to sporting goods stores.
Do you need a fishing license in Maine during Covid 19?
Maine eliminates license fees for recreational fishing, increasing access for local anglers. In a time of social isolation due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this decision has allowed Bowdoin community members to enjoy the warmer weather by grabbing their fishing rods and heading to local streams and ponds.
What fish can you catch in Maine?
Freshwater Fishing Maine’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams and hundreds of freshwater lakes are still thriving today. Fishers can chase brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pike and musky.
When can you fish without a license in Maine?
(f) Maine residents under 16 years of age and non-residents under 12 years of age may fish without a license.
How can I fish for free?
Every year the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) announces two Free Fishing Days. On these days, anyone ages 16 or older can go fishing without getting a sport fishing license. This includes at creeks, rivers, lakes, and even beach fishing.
Is it legal to fish with corn in Maine?
Fishing allowed with artificial lures only. The use of natural or artificial baits such as worms, shiners or other live bait, cheese, corn, or salmon or other fish eggs is prohibited.
Are worms considered live bait in Maine?
Use or possession of live fish as bait is PROHIBITED. The use of all other legal forms of bait (including worms and dead baitfish/smelts), artificial lures, and artificial flies is PERMITTED.
Is night fishing in Maine legal?
Night Fishing: Except as otherwise provided by rule, all waters open to fishing are open to fishing 24 hours a day. All lines must be under the immediate supervision of the person who set them (Open Water Fishing – Title 12, §12652, Ice Fishing – Title 12, §12659-A).
Can you fish in Maine in March?
March is still winter, which means ice-fishing rules till the end of the month. April 1 is opening day for open-water angling but it may be weeks before there’s enough open water available for boating or casting from shore.
How many ice traps can you have in Maine?
In Maine, each angler can have five traps set up so many will use a combination of traps and jigging at one time.