Maine Special Fishing Laws

Please review this section to determine if the body of water you wish to fish has any special regulations that differ from the General Fishing Laws Seasons and Bag Limits or the General Fishing Laws.

Note: If the body of water is not listed, then the General Fishing Seasons and Bag Limits and General Fishing Laws apply.
Keep in mind, some waters (tributaries, outlets, connected waters) are NOT listed individually and may be listed with the main waterbody, or waters with an S3 code (direct tributaries closed to taking of smelts). Some waters are collectively listed under one of the following listings: Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Baxter State Park.

Select the first letter of the water you are searching for below, hover over the special code for the definition:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWY


-A-

ABBEE POND, Brownville (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: AAA. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30 and open to ice fishing in November: S-7.

ABBIE POND, Bowmantown Twp (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. FFO.

ABBOTT BROOK, Lincoln Plt. General fishing laws apply, except: From the Route 16 bridge downstream to the confluence with the Magalloway River: From August 16 – September 30: FFO, S-7.

ABBOTT BROOK, Mexico. General fishing laws apply, except: S-9, S-19.

ABBOTT POND, Sumner (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-4, S-10, S-20. Closed to the taking of live baitfish. Open to open water fishing October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

ABOL POND, T2 R9 WELS (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-4, S-19. The use of motorboats or outboard motors is prohibited. Closed to the taking of live baitfish. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

ABRAMS POND, Eastbrook, Franklin (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: All bass caught must be released alive at once.

ACKLEY POND, Cutler (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: Daily bag limit on trout: 5 fish except that from October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

ACKLEY POND, Mount Chase (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: AAA. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30 and open to ice fishing in November: S-7.

ADAMS (ROCK HAVEN) POND, Newfield (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: From October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

ADAMS POND, Boothbay Harbor (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-10. Motorboats prohibited. Open to open water fishing October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7

ADAMS POND, Bridgton (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. ALO, S-10, S-13. Motorboats over 10 horsepower prohibited. Open to open water fishing October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7

ALDENS POND, Gorham (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-9.

ALDER POND, Alder Brook Twp (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. ALO, S-17.

ALDER STREAM AND TRIBUTARIES, Alder Stream Twp, Jim Pond Twp. General fishing laws apply, except: FFO.

General fishing laws for Tribal Waters apply to those portions located in Indian Territory, except: From confluence of Alder & Little Alder Streams downstream to Penobscot Territory boundary lines: April 1 – August 15: Anglers age 15 and under may use single pointed artificial lures; FFO for anglers age 16 and older. August 16 – September 30: FFO. Remainder of Alder Stream (including tributaries in Indian Territory): FFO. Penobscot Indian Territory.

ALEWIFE POND, Kennebunk (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: From October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

ALFORD LAKE, Hope (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: S-2, S-3, S-13. From October 1 – December 31: ALO, S-7.

ALLAGASH LAKE, T7&8 R14 WELS (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except:

Ice Fishing: Open to ice fishing for all fish during the month of February only. S-4, S-8 (except that 5 lines may be used from sunset to sunrise while fishing for cusk), S-16. Minimum length limit on whitefish: 16 inches. The use of motorized equipment is prohibited.

Open Water Fishing: ALO, S-16. Minimum length on whitefish: 16 inches. (See Allagash Wilderness Waterway).

ALLAGASH POND, T9 R15 WELS (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. FFO, S-17.

ALLAGASH RIVER, T10 R12 WELS to Allagash. General fishing laws apply, except:

From Churchill Dam downstream to the red markers at the confluence of Chisolm Brook, T10 R12 WELS. ALO, S-19. Only one brook trout may exceed 14 inches. From August 16 – September 30: ALO. Minimum length limit on trout: 12 inches. Total daily bag limit on trout and togue: 1 fish.

From Long Lake Dam downstream to Allagash Falls (Including Round Pond, T13 R12 WELS) and all tributaries. S-4. From August 16 – September 30: ALO. Total daily bag limit on trout and togue: 1 fish.

From Allagash Falls downstream to the confluence with the St. John River. Closed to the taking of live baitfish except by hook and line. The general law maximum length limit on landlocked salmon does not apply. From October 1 – November 30: ALO. Open to taking bass and muskellunge only.

(See Allagash Wilderness Waterway).

ALLAGASH STREAM, T8 R14 WELS to T8 R13 WELS. General fishing laws apply, except:

From the T8 R14WELS/T8 R15 WELS town line (AWW boundary) downstream to Allagash Lake: ALO, S-16. Minimum length on whitefish: 16 inches. From August 16 – September 30: ALO. Minimum length limit on trout: 12 inches. Total daily bag limit on trout and togue: 1 fish. Minimum length on whitefish: 16 inches.

From Allagash Lake downstream to Little Round Pond, T8 R13&14 WELS. ALO, S-16. Minimum length on whitefish: 16 inches. From August 16 – September 30: ALO. Minimum length limit on trout: 12 inches. Total daily bag limit on trout and togue: 1 fish. Minimum length on whitefish: 16 inches.

From Little Round Pond downstream to the red markers at the trestle on Chamberlain Lake, T8 R13 WELS. ALO, S-21. Minimum length on whitefish: 16 inches. From August 16 – September 30: Closed to all fishing.

(See Allagash Wilderness Waterway).

ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY, T6 R11WELS to Allagash. AWW Watercraft Restrictions (Summary):

A. From the south end of Telos Lake to the north end of Chamberlain Lake, the use of all models of personal watercraft (PWC), hovercraft, airboats, racing boats, and pontoon boats is prohibited.

B. From Lock Dam Stream, where it enters Eagle Lake north to twin Brook Rapids, only canoes without motors or motors not exceeding 10 horsepower, may be used on the watercourse.

C. On Allagash Lake and Allagash entrance of Chamberlain Lake, all watercraft are prohibited except canoes without motors.

D. Except on Telos and Chamberlain Lakes, the use of inflatable watercraft is prohibited.

E. Water skiing or other activities in which individuals are towed behind watercraft are prohibited.

For a complete copy of regulations or other information on the use of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, contact: Allagash Wilderness Waterway, c/o Northern Regional Office, 106 Hogan Rd, Suite 7, Bangor, Maine 04401; 207-941-4014; or www.maine.gov/allagash.

ALLIGATOR LAKE, T28 MD, T34 MD (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: S-4, S-8, S-18, S-22. All landlocked salmon between 16 and 20 inches must be released alive at once. From October 1 – December 31: Closed to all fishing.

ALLIGATOR POND, TA R11 WELS (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. ALO, S-17.

AMBAJEJUS LAKE, T1 R9 WELS. (See Pemadumcook Chain of Lakes).

ANASAGUNTICOOK (CANTON) LAKE, Canton, Hartford (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: Lake and tributaries open to the taking of smelts, except for Sparrow Brook which is closed. From October 1 – December 31: ALO, S-7.

ANDERSON POND, T10 SD (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: From October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

ANDROSCOGGIN RIVER, Gilead to Brunswick. General fishing laws apply, except: Open to open water fishing from the Maine-New Hampshire Border to tidewater from January 1 – December 31.

From the Maine-New Hampshire border downriver to the bridge crossing in Gilead: Single hook artificial lures only. S-7.

From the bridge crossing in Gilead to the Route 232 Bridge, Rumford Point: From April 1 – September 30: ALO. Daily bag limit on trout: 1 fish; minimum length limit on landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, and brown trout: 12 inches. All trout between 16 and 20 inches must be released alive at once. From October 1 – March 31: ALO. All trout and landlocked salmon must be released alive at once.

From the Route 232 Bridge, Rumford Point to Livermore Falls Dam: From April 1 – September 30: S-19; minimum length limit on landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, and brown trout: 12 inches. From October 1 – March 31: ALO. All trout and landlocked salmon must be released alive at once.

From the Livermore Falls Dam to tidewater: S-19. Open to ice fishing.

(Gilead to Merrymeeting Bay: 6-12 fish meals a year. See Fish Consumption Advisories).

ANDROSCOGGIN RIVER, LITTLE, Greenwood to Auburn. General fishing laws apply, except: S-19.

From Route 26 Welchville Dam in Oxford to the confluence with Androscoggin River: Open to open water fishing from April 1 – October 31, S-19. The use of all legal forms of bait, artificial lures, and artificial flies is permitted.

ANNABESSACOOK LAKE, Monmouth, Winthrop (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: Daily bag limit on bass: 1 fish; all bass between 16 and 20 inches must be released alive at once.

ARNOLD BROOK LAKE, Presque Isle (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: AAA. S-19. Motorboats over 10 horsepower prohibited. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30 and open to ice fishing in November: ALO, S-7.

ARNOLD POND, Coburn Gore (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. FFO, S-17.

AROOSTOOK RIVER, T8R8 WELS to Fort Fairfield. General fishing laws apply, except: All landlocked salmon caught in any flowing water of the Aroostook River Watershed, must be released alive at once.

From the junction of Munsungan Stream and Millinocket Stream in T8 R8 WELS downstream to the blue markers at the Oxbow Plantation/T9 R7 WELS town line (includes tributaries upstream to the first road crossing): ALO, S-17. From August 16 – September 30: ALO. Total daily bag limit on trout and togue: 1 fish.

From the blue markers at the Oxbow Plantation/T9 R7 WELS town line downstream to the Caribou Dam, in Caribou: From August 16 – September 30: ALO. Total daily bag limit on trout and togue: 1 fish.

From the Caribou Dam, in Caribou, downstream to the Maine/New Brunswick border (includes tributaries upstream to the first road crossing): ALO, S-17. From August 16 – September 30: ALO. Total daily bag limit on trout and togue: 1 fish.

From the Caribou Dam, in Caribou, downstream to and including Otter Brook, including all tributaries in this section upstream to the first road crossing intersecting each tributary: Children 12 years of age or younger may fish from shore with a single-baited hook and line (Title 12, subsection 12458).

From Hockenhull Brook in Fort Fairfield downstream to and including Pattee Brook, including all tributaries in this section upstream to the first road crossing intersecting the tributary: Children 12 years of age or younger may fish from shore with a single-baited hook and line (Title 12, subsection 12458).

ATTEAN POND, Attean Twp (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: Cl. S-19. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

ATWOOD POND, T5 R8 WELS (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-4, S-19. Closed to the taking of live baitfish.

AUBURN LAKE AND TRIBUTARIES, Auburn (South Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-1, S-3. Daily bag limit on togue: 3 fish; minimum length limit 14 inches; all togue greater than 20 inches must be released alive at once. From October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7. Closed to open water fishing from December 1 – March 31.

The Auburn Water District has closed to all water-related activities (including boating and fishing) that portion southerly of a line extending from a marker placed on a point of land on the east shore of the lake approximately 75 feet southerly of the Route 4 boat launch and extending westerly to a marker on a point of land known as Point of Pines on the west shore of the lake. That portion northerly of the above described line is also closed to all water-related activities except that small recreational boats and fishing are allowed. No motor vehicles on ice (ATVs and snowmobiles allowed).

AUNT BETTY POND, Bar Harbor (South Region). General fishing laws apply. Motorboats with internal combustion engines prohibited.

AUNT HANNAH BROOK, Dixfield. General fishing laws apply, except: From Route 142 downstream to the confluence with Webb River: S-9, S-19.

AUSTIN POND, Bald Mountain Twp (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-19. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

AUSTIN POND, LITTLE, Bald Mountain Twp (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

AUSTIN STREAM AND TRIBUTARIES, Moscow, Bingham. General fishing laws apply, except: Austin Stream and all tributaries located below the falls as marked by red markers closed to all fishing until May 15.

AZISCOHOS LAKE (INCLUDING SUNDAY POND) AND TRIBUTARIES, Lincoln Plt, Lynchtown Twp, Parkertown Twp (North Region). Aziscohos Lake is the impounded portion of the Magalloway River south of a straight line between the 2 red markers on each shore by the Brown Company Landing, so-called, and the area of water south of a straight line between the 2 red markers just north of Sunday Pond on the Little Magalloway River.

General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-4, S-17 on the lake and all tributaries upstream to the red markers. No size or bag limit on landlocked salmon less than 16 inches. Daily bag limit on salmon over 16 inches: 1 fish. All west shore tributaries from Aziscohos dam to (but not including) the Big Magalloway River: S-1.

AZISCOHOS POND, Magalloway Plt (North Region). General fishing laws apply, except: CI. S-4. Open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30: ALO, S-7.

Comments are closed.