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The following are some of the more significant changes to the 2012 – 2013 Maine Fishing Lawbook. In addition to several general changes there are numerous changes on individual waters. Please check the body of water you will be fishing.

  1. The Fishing Lawbook is now in a larger, full color format to better provide information to anglers. Future lawbooks will take advantage of this format, so please contact MDIFW with any comments.
  2. New regulations that provide for improvement in size quality/growth on select brook trout and landlocked salmon waters.
  3. Tackle restrictions on waters in most Arctic charr drainages for further protection of this unique species.
  4. Restrict anglers to the use of artificial lures only during Fall (Oct. – Dec.) fishing in the Southern and Eastern Counties.
  5. In the Southern and Eastern Counties allow December harvest on select ponds and lakes with put and take stocked brook trout waters. These waters are identified with the letter code D.
  6. Updated list of fishways with angling restrictions in Laws and Definitions.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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