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General Law & Limit Information

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General Law

General Law applies unless otherwise specified. Please refer to individual waters for more detail.

Seasons

See Southern and Eastern Counties and Northern and Western Counties.

 

The daily bag, possession and minimum length limits on this page apply to waters open to fishing that DO NOT have special rules stating otherwise. See Special Rules (S-Codes) .

 

LANDLOCKED SALMON, TROUT, TOGUE (LAKE TROUT) Daily Bag & Possession Limits

The term “trout” when used alone includes brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, splake and Arctic Charr (Sunapee trout and blueback trout)

The term “brook trout” also includes splake and Arctic Charr (Sunapee Trout and Blueback Trout).

DAILY BAG & POSSESSION

LIMITS

MINIMUM LEGAL LENGTHS

Lakes & Ponds

Rivers, Brooks & Streams

5 Brook Trout A,B (includes Splake and Arctic Charr)

6 inches

6 inches

2 Landlocked SalmonA

14 inchesC

14 inchesC

2 Togue (Lake Trout)A

18 inches

18 inches

2 Brown TroutA

14 inchesC

6 inchesC

2 Rainbow TroutA

12 inches

6 inches

A. Important…From August 16 – September 30, fishing on rivers, brooks, and streams statewide is restricted to the use of artificial lures only and the combined daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon, and togue (lake trout) is 1 fish.

B. 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.

C. In Washington County – except West Grand, East Grand, Spednic, Cathance, Nash, Lower Sysladobsis and East Musquash Lakes – the maximum length limit on landlocked salmon and brown trout is 25 inches.

Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

Date

Daily Bag Limit

Minimum Length Limit

April 1 – June 30

1 fish; artificial lures only

10 inches

July 1 – September 30

3 fish

10 inches, only 1 exceeding
14 inches

October 1 – March 31

1 fish

10 inches

Other Species

Species

Daily Bag Limit

Minimum Length Limit

Pickerel

10 fish

None

Whitefish

3 fish

None

Smelts

2 quarts

None
(see laws & definitions)

Northern Pike

Unlimited

None

Muskellunge

Unlimited

None

American eel

50 fish

6 inches

Shad

2 fish

None

Striped Bass

1 fish

Between 20 and 26 inches
in total length, or 40 inches or greater in total length.

Atlantic Salmon

See saltwater fishing.

Alewife

25 fish (see laws & definitions)

None

Species not listed above

Unlimited

None

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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