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Fishing Rules for Maine Counties

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Southern & Eastern CountiesSE_map.jpg

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

Lakes and Ponds:

  • January 1 – December 31: Unless otherwise indicated by special rule, open to ice and open water fishing under general law fishing provisions (see General Law & Limit Information).

Brooks, Streams and Rivers:

  • From April 1 – August 15: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, open to open water fishing under general law fishing provisions (see General Law & Limit Information).
  • From August 16 – September 30: Fishing in brooks, streams and rivers is restricted to the use of artificial lures or flies only, and the combined total daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon, and togue is 1 fish.
  • From October 1 – March 31: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, brooks, streams and rivers are closed to all fishing. Any water open to open water fishing or ice fishing between October 1 – March 31 will be indicated under the appropriate county.

Unless indicated otherwise under the appropriate county, on lakes and ponds in the Southern and Eastern counties the daily bag limit on brook trout is 2 fish.

NW_map.jpgNorthern & Western Counties

Counties include: Aroostook, Franklin, Oxford north of the Androscoggin River, Piscataquis, and Somerset.

Lakes and Ponds:

  • From April 1 – September 30: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, open to open water fishing under general law fishing provisions (see General Law & Limit Information).
  • From October 1 – March 31: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, closed to open water fishing. Lakes and ponds with extended open water seasons will be indicated under the appropriate county.
  • All lakes and ponds are closed to ice fishing, unless indicated with an A or B code, which defines the winter fishing season.

Brooks, Streams and Rivers:

  • From April 1 – August 15: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, open to open water fishing under general law fishing provisions (see General Law & Limit Information).
  • From August 16 – September 30: Fishing in brooks, streams and rivers is restricted to the use of artificial lures or flies only, and the combined total daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon, and togue is 1 fish.
  • From October 1 – March 31: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, brooks, streams and rivers are closed to all fishing. Any water open to open water fishing or ice fishing between October 1 – March 31 will be indicated under the appropriate county.

Waters open to ice fishing are listed with an A or a B code which defines the winter fishing season. All other waters are closed to ice fishing.

Fishing opportunities for youth and complimentary license holders

Certain waters are governed by special regulations that give youth and complimentary license holders exclusive or special access to the fishery. We have listed these waters below by county. To see what special regulations apply, go to the county listing and look for the body of water. They are listed alphabetically.

Androscoggin County

Pettingill Park Pond, Auburn

Aroostook County

Brown Pond, Houlton

Hannington Pond, Reed Plt.

Mantle Lake, Presque Isle

Michaud Pond, Fort Kent

Pearce Brook (portion of), Houlton

Rock Crusher Pond, Island Falls

Stewart Pond, Hodgon

Stiles Pond, Oakfield

Cumberland County

Alden’s Pond, Gorham

Coffin Pond, Brunswick

Lower Hinckley Pond, South Portland

Stevens Brook (Cemetery Brook) (portion of), New Gloucester

Franklin County

Haley Pond Outlet, Rangeley

Mill Pond, on Muddy Brook, Industry

Pinnacle Pond, Kingfield

Toothaker Pond, Phillips (ice only)

Wilson Stream (portion of), Wilton

Hancock County

Pickerel Pond, T32 MD

Lincoln County

Quarry Pond, Waldoboro

Oxford County

Abbot Brook, Mexico

Aunt Hannah Brook (portion of), Dixfield

Billy Brook (portion of), Brownfield

Pennesseewasee (Norway) Lake Outlet (portion of), Norway

Penobscot County

Burlington Fire Pond, Burlington

Cold Stream (portion of), Enfield

Giles Pond, Patten

Jerry Pond, Millinocket

Johnny Mack Brook, Orono

Lincoln Kids Pond, Lincoln

Little Round Pond, Lincoln

Mattagodus Stream (portion of), Springfield

Mill Stream (portion of), Dexter

O’Roake Pond, Sherman

Penobscot County Conservation Pond, Brewer

Rocky Brook, Lincoln

Piscataquis County

Drummond Pond, Abbott (ice only)

Dunham Brook (including Kiwanis Park Pond), Dover- Foxcroft

Sagadahoc County

Swan Island (Stephen e. Powell Wildlife Management Area), Richmond

Somerset County

Hights Pond, Skowhegan

Mill Stream (portion of), Embden

Tibbetts Pond, Concord Twp.

Washington County

Foxhole Pond, on head waters of Great Falls Branch Brook, Deblois

Meyers Pond, North, Columbia

Meyers Pond, South, Columbia

Middle River (portion of), Marshfield

York County

Leavitt Brook (portion of), Limerick

Round Pond, Lyman (ice only)

Wilcox Pond, Biddeford

Regulations in red are new this year.

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