Maine Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Maine Saltwater Regulations

SPECIESOPEN SEASONDAILY LIMITMINIMUM SIZE
Striped Bass¹All Year128 Inches
Striped Bass (Kennebec Watershed)¹May 1 – June 30Catch and Release Only with Special Gear Restrictions
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July 1 – Nov. 30128 Inches
Dec. 1 – April 30CLOSED
HaddockCannot retain haddock from September 17 through October 31 inclusive, and March 1 through April 14 inclusive.1217 Inches
Bluefish (including “snappers”)All year3No Size Limit
Black Sea BassMay 19 – September 21 and October 18 – December 31, inclusive1013 Inches
Winter FlounderAll Year812 Inches
American ShadAll Year2 – Using a hook and line only.No Size Limit
River Herring: Alewife / Blueback HerringAny brook, river or stream not under municipal lease is closed from 6 AM Thursday until 6 AM Sunday.25 – personal use onlyNo Size Limit
American EelAll Year25 – Personal Use – speargun, harpoon, trap or hook and line9 Inches
Atlantic MenhadenAll Year25 – Personal Use – Sale Is ProhibitedNo Size Limit
Atlantic CodNo Possession AllowedNo Possession AllowedNo Possession Allowed
CuskAll YearNo LimitNo Size Limit
Pollock (Maine Territorial Seas)All YearNo LimitNo Size Limit
Pollock (Federal Waters)All YearNo Limit19 Inches
Acadian RedfishAll YearNo Limit9 Inches
Atlantic Halibut (Maine Territorial Seas)³Cannot retain halibut from July 1 to April 30, inclusive.Vessels may land no more than 5 fish per year. All retained fish shall immediately be tagged with an approved landings tag.41 Inches
Atlantic Halibut (Federal Waters)³All Year141 Inches
Atlantic WolffishClosedNo Possession AllowedNo Possession Allowed
Atlantic MackerelAll yearNo LimitNo Size Limit
Bluefin TunaTo fish for bluefin tuna a Federal Highly Migratory Species Permit is required. For permits and current fishing regulations visit: hmspermits.noaa.gov or call 1-888-872-8862.
SharksTo fish for sharks (blue, porbeagle, shortfin mako and common thresher sharks) a Federal Highly Migratory Species Permit is required. The minimum size is 54 inches, straight fork length. For permits and current fishing regulations visit: hmspermits.noaa.gov or call 1-888-872-8862.
Sea-Run Brown TroutAll Year214 Inches
Atlantic SturgeonClosedNo Possession AllowedNo Possession Allowed
Atlantic SalmonIt is unlawful to angle, take or possess any Atlantic salmon from all Maine waters (including coastal waters). Any salmon incidentally caught, must be released immediately, alive and uninjured. At no time should the Atlantic salmon be removed from the water.
Rainbow SmeltPlease Visit The Rainbow Smelt Regulations Page

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