Maine Freshwater Regulations

Maine Freshwater Regulations

2016 Season

LANDLOCKED SALMON, TROUT, TOGUE (LAKE TROUT) Daily Bag & Possession Limits
These daily bag, possession and minimum length limits apply to waters open to fishing that DO NOT have special rules stating otherwise.
The term “trout” when used alone includes brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, splake and Arctic char (Sunapee trout and blueback trout).
The term “brook trout” also includes splake and Arctic char (Sunapee trout and blueback trout).
DAILY BAG & POSSESSION LIMITS*
MINIMUM LENGTH Limit
Lakes & Ponds
RIVERS, STREAMS & BROOKS
5 Brook Trout 1, 2(includes Splake and Arctic char)
6 inches
6 inches
2 Landlocked Salmon 1
14 inches 3
14 inches 3
2 Togue (Lake Trout) 1
18 inches
18 inches
2 Brown Trout 1
14 inches 3
6 inches 3
2 Rainbow Trout 1
12 inches
6 inches
1Important: From August 16 – September 30, fishing on rivers, streams, and brooks statewide is restricted to the use of artificial lures only and a total daily bag limit of landlocked salmon, trout and togue: 1 fish.
2-Important: On lakes and ponds in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington and York counties the daily bag limit on brook trout is 2 fish.
3-In Hancock and Washington counties the maximum length limit on landlocked salmon and brown trout is 25 inches. Several lakes in each county are exempt from this rule. 

 

Other Species

Species Daily Bag & Possession Limits* Minimum Length Limit
Bass (largemouth and smallmouth) 2 fish 10 inches, only 1 exceeding 14 inches
Pickerel 10 fish None
Whitefish 3 fish None
Smelts 2 quarts None
Northern Pike Unlimited None
Muskellunge Unlimited None
American eel 25 fish 9 inches
Shad 2 fish None
Striped Bass 1 fish 28 inches
Atlantic Salmon Federally Endangered Species – No Fishing Permitted
Alewife 25 fish None
Species not listed above Unlimited None

* Daily bag and possession limit are the same.

Special Laws For Southern and Eastern Counties in Maine

Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford south of the Androscoggin River, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington, and York.

Special Laws For Northern and Western Counties in Maine

Aroostook, Franklin, Oxford north of the Androscoggin River, Piscataquis, and Somerset

Maine – Public Water Supply

 

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