Maine's 2020 Fishing Laws now available online - download a copy today!


Being a responsible user of the Maine outdoors means staying informed of, and complying with, the current laws and rules. 


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Maine Fishing Lawbook 2020

What's new? General Law change in the North Zone

Maine Fishing Zones


Use or possession of live fish as bait is now PROHIBITED under the General Fishing Law in the North Zone. The use of all other legal forms of bait (including worms and dead baitfish/smelts), artificial lures, and artificial flies is PERMITTED under General Law. All waters in the North Zone where the use of live bait is permitted now have the special law code "S-11" in the 2020 Open Water and Ice Fishing Laws.  


This change reinforces the importance of the region’s native and wild brook trout populations, and stresses the potential damage to those fisheries when bait fish are introduced where they don’t belong.

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Free Fishing Days - Bring an aspiring angler


Free fishing days are February 15-16, 2020 and May 30-31, 2020. 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.


We hope you have a safe, memorable year fishing in Maine with friends and family.