This weekend is free fishing weekend!


two people fishing in Maine


Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to try fishing for the first time, get back into it, or introduce someone to the sport! 


During free fishing weekend, any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked.  All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. 


Please note: With the exception of this semi-annual Free Fishing Weekend, inland fishing licenses are required. Fishing licenses were not required during the month of April 2020, but became a requirement again on May 1.  


Looking for ideas on new places to fish nearby? Check out the Maine Fishing Guide

or the fishing report


Need to check a fishing law? Learn more about our NEW Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool or visit 


Before you go fishing, please remember to:

  • Be safe and prepared - ALWAYS wear a life jacket. It is early in the season meaning the water is cold, and streams and rivers are high with strong currents
  • Fish close to home
  • Have a plan B and C so if your first fishing spot is busy, you can try the next spot
  • Don't share equipment
  • Follow the CDC guidelines for physical distancing
  • Don't carpool with non-household members
  • Let someone know where you are going, and when you expect to return

If you are exhibiting symptoms or have recently been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home.