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S-Codes & Season Date Codes

Fishing Regulations Maine Freshwater Fishing

Waters which have exceptions to the general law are listed by county. If the water you wish to fish is listed under the appropriate county, the special regulation codes (S-1 through S-33) and season date codes (A, B, Cl, CO) will direct you to the specific rules for that body of water. These specific rules will differ from general law or the provisions for Maine’s Counties. In most cases, the exception will be one of the codes listed below and may affect only a portion of the regulations that govern that particular body of water. All other provisions of general law would apply. The codes are defined below:

Special Regulation Codes for Ice Fishing and Open Water Fishing – (S-Codes)

S-1: Closed to taking smelts.

S-2: Closed to taking smelts, except by hook and line.

S-3: Tributaries closed to taking smelts.

S-4: Use or possession of live fish is prohibited. (The use of dead fish, salmon eggs, and worms permitted.)

S-5: Fly fishing only.

S-6: Artificial lures only.

S-7: All trout, landlocked salmon, and togue caught must be released alive at once.

S-8: Restricted to 2 lines per person.

S-9: Open to fishing only for persons under 16 years of age or for persons holding an eligible complimentary fishing license. Restricted to two lines per person. Daily bag limit on trout: 2 fish.

S-10: Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – November 30: artificial lures only; all trout, landlocked salmon and togue must be released alive at once. Closed to open water fishing from December 1 – March 31.

S-11: Open to fishing only for persons under 16 years of age. Restricted to two lines per person. Daily bag limit on trout: 2 fish.

S-12: Reserved for additional options.

S-13: No size or bag limit on bass.

S-14: Daily bag limit on bass: 1 fish; all bass between 16 and 20 inches must be released alive at once.

S-15: Daily bag limit on bass: 1 fish; no minimum length limit on bass; all bass between 12 and 20 inches must be released alive at once.

S-16: Daily bag limit on trout 2 fish; minimum length limit: 12 inches, only 1 may exceed 14 inches.

S-17: Daily bag limit on trout: 2 fish; minimum length limit: 10 inches, only 1 may exceed 12 inches.

S-18: Daily bag limit on trout: 1 fish; minimum length limit: 18 inches.

S-19: Daily bag limit on trout: 2 fish.

S-20: All trout less than 6 inches and longer than 12 inches must be released alive at once.

S-21: Daily bag limit on trout: 1 fish; minimum length limit: 14 inches.

S-22: Daily bag limit on landlocked salmon: 1 fish.

S-23: Minimum length on landlocked salmon: 16 inches.

S-24: Daily bag limit on landlocked salmon: 3 fish; minimum length limit: 12 inches.

S-25: Daily bag limit on togue: 1 fish.

S-26: Daily bag limit on togue: 3 fish; minimum length limit: 14 inches, only 1 may exceed 18 inches.

S-27: Daily bag limit on togue: 6 fish; minimum length limit: 14 inches, only 1 may exceed 23 inches.

S-28: Daily bag limit on white perch: 25 fish.

S-29: No bag limit on pickerel. From July 1 – September 30: artificial lures only; the minimum length on trout is 8 inches.

S-30: Indian Territory Regulations. See Waters Regulated By Tribes.

S-31: Boundary waters with New Brunswick. See Boundary Waters Between Maine and New Brunswick.

S-32: Border waters with New Hampshire. See Boundary Waters Between Maine and New Hampshire.

S-33: Maximum length on landlocked salmon and brown trout: 25 inches.

Season Date Codes

A: Open to ice fishing and open water fishing for all fish from December 1 – April 30.

B: Open to ice fishing and open water fishing from January 1 – March 31.

CI: Closed to ice fishing.

CO: Closed to open water fishing from October 1 – March 31.

(Note: Special rules may restrict the general law fishing provisions.)