The daily bag limit for trout species including rainbow, brown, and lake trout for the state of Maine is two fish. The daily bag limit for brook trout is five fish except in ponds and lakes in the South Zone where it is two fish.
In this article, we will review the fishing regulations for the state of Maine. We’ll also differentiate between regular fishing and ice fishing laws. We will also inform you when the Maine fishing season takes place.
Maine Fishing Regulations 2022
Any angler over the age of fifteen, whether resident or non-resident, must possess a valid Maine fishing license in order to fish in inland state waters. The full list of Maine fishing regulations for 2022 can be found on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.
Regular Fishing Laws
Maine is divided into two halves for certain fishing regulations: the North Zone and the South Zone. Trout can be fished from any inland water body in Maine within the confines of the season. Unless it is designated as a closed fishing area.
Maine Ice Fishing Laws
Ice fishing is permitted year-round in ponds and lakes in the South Zone. To begin, certain bodies of water are only open to ice fishing from January 1 to April 30. But, others are closed to ice fishing altogether. Check the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website for a complete list of inland water bodies. The website also has each body’s designations for ice fishing.
Maine Fishing Season 2022
The Maine open-water fishing season in North Zone ponds and lakes as well as streams, rivers, and brooks in both zones begins on April 1 and ends on September 30. The open water fishing season for South Zone ponds and lakes is all year round.
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