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Open Water Fishing Season
AprilL 1 - September 30
(with the following exceptions):
Lakes and ponds in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York counties remain open to open water fishing through November 30. From October 1 - November 30, all salmon, trout, togue, and black bass caught must be released alive at once. Waters having special regulations will be listed.
Between August 16 and September 30, rivers, brooks and streams are restricted to the use of artificial lures only and the TOTAL daily bag limit for salmon, trout and togue is 1 fish.
(All dates are inclusive; however, it is unlawful to fish into inland waters while positioned on ice; waters must be naturally free of ice).
To get out of a canoe, reverse these steps.
Ice Fishing Season
January 1- March 31: All species except salmon. (Exception: Salmon Falls River is closed to ice fishing.)
Waters open to ice fishing are open to fishing from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset unless otherwise noted by special rule.
Be sure to read the instructions before each county listing - they are not all the same.
Bag Limits:
Trout and lake trout (togue) - 5 fish limit, but not more than 2 lake trout (togue), 2 rainbow trout, 2 brown trout, or 2 brook trout.
Pickerel - 5 fish
Bass - 1 fish
Smelt - 2 quarts by hook and line only
All other species no bag limits
Length Limits:
Lake trout (togue) - 18 inches (exception: Great East Lake)
Brook trout - 6 inches (exception: Lake Umbagog)
Brown trout; Rainbow trout - 10 inches in lakes and ponds
Bass - 12 inches
All other species: No length or weight limits
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State of Maine -- Main Office
41 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0041
For Administration, Fisheries and Wildlife, Warden Service, and General Information about fish and wildlife, licenses, boating and recreational vehicle registration call (207) 287-8000.
For our automated line with seasonal information/updates on hunting and fishing seasons and laws call (207) 287-8003. TDD 287-4471
This article is an excerpt from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.







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