Did you know that in Maine any area within 150 feet of any operational fishway is closed to fishing? Well if you didn’t, don’t feel bad, just embarrass the guy who didn’t read this article and is fishing within 150 feet of an operational fishway, BTW this article has all the information you need to know about Maine fishing licenses. If you don’t want to be the guy getting embarrassed, I highly suggest reading the rest of this article.

Maine Fishing Regulations

The State of Maine states:

  • Any fish killed becomes part of the daily bag limit
  • If you’re fly fishing you may not use more than 3 unbaited artificial flies individually attached to a line
  • It is unlawful to keep bass, landlocked salmon, togue (lake trout), or trout at any sporting camp, hotel, public lodging place or any place other than a person’s residence without attaching the name and address of the person who caught the fish
  • You may not deposit any meat, bones, dead fish, or other food material in inland waters to lure fish
  • Any fish, except baitfish and smelts, taken from inland waters shall must be released alive into the water from which it was taken, or killed at once
  • The area within 150 feet of any operational fishway is closed to fishing
  • It is illegal to fish other that with a single baited hook and line, artificial flies or artificial lures and spinners (there are some exceptions)
  • You may not possess any grapnel, trawl, weir, seine, gill net, trap, set line or drop net on or adjacent to any of the inland waters of this State
  • You may not fish with a grapnel, spear, spear gun, trawl, weir, gaff, seine, gill net, trap, or set lines
  • An angler may fish with up to two lines at any one time while open water fishing
  • You may only snag suckers
  • You may not take or destroy any fish by use of an explosive, poisonous or stunning substance

Fishing License Period

Maine fishing licenses are available as:

  • Daily fishing licenses
  • Annual fishing licenses
  • Lifetime fishing licenses

Free or Reduced Fee Maine Fishing Licenses

The State of Maine offers free fishing licenses or reduced fishing licenses for :

  • Any Maine resident who is blind
  • Any Maine Native American who is a member of the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, or Micmac Tribe
  • A resident or nonresident, if reciprocal privileges exist in the home state of the nonresident, who is a war veteran and has a service-connected disability of 50%
  • Any Maine resident (or nonresident, if reciprocal privileges exist in the home state of the nonresident) who is suffering from the loss, or loss of use, of both lower extremities
  • Any person with a developmental disability
  • Any person with a head injury
  • Any resident 16 or 17 years old in the custody of the Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Any person or entity that allows a group of persons with disabilities to fish in a location for a period of time as specified on the license

Maine Fishing Licenses Are NOT Required For

Good news for all you fishermen under the age of 16, whether you’re a Maine resident or not, you aren’t required to have a fishing license.

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