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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
To view the new guide, please download the pdf. Check back in the coming days as we work to put up the new 2014 website.

Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Warning About Eating Freshwater Fish

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Mercury in Maine freshwater fish may harm the babies of pregnant and nursing mothers, and young children.

  • Pregnant and nursing women, women who may get pregnant, and children under age 8 SHOULD NOT EAT ANY freshwater fish from Maine’s inland waters. Except for brook trout and landlocked salmon, one meal per month is safe.
  • All other adults and children older than 8 CAN EAT two freshwater fish meals per month. For brook trout and landlocked salmon, the limit is one meal per week.

Warning: Some Maine waters are polluted, requiring additional limits to eating fish.

Fish caught in some Maine waters have high levels of PCBs, Dioxins or DDT in them. These chemicals can cause cancer and other health effects. The Bureau of Health recommends additional fish consumption limits on the waters listed below. Remember to check the mercury guidelines. If the water you are fishing is listed below, check the mercury guideline above and follow the most limiting guidelines.



Androscoggin River Gilead to Merrymeeting Bay:

6-12 fish meals a year.

Dennys River Meddybemps Lake to Dead Stream:

1-2 fish meals a month.

Green Pond, Chapman Pit, & Greenlaw Brook(Limestone):

Do not eat any fish from these waters.

Little Madawaska River & tributaries(Madwaska Dam to Grimes Mill Road):

Do not eat any fish from these waters.

Kennebec River Augusta to the Chops:

Do not eat any fish from these waters.

Shawmut Dam in Fairfield to Augusta:

5 trout meals a year, 1-2 bass meals a month.

Madison to Fairfield:

1-2 fish meals a month.

Meduxnekeag River:

2 fish meals a month.

North Branch Presque Isle River

2 fish meals a month.

Penobscot River below Lincoln:

1-2 fish meals a month.

Prestile Stream:

1 fish meal a month.

Red Brook in Scarborough:

6 fish meals a year.

Salmon Falls River below Berwick:

6-12 fish meals a year.

Sebasticook River (East Branch, West Branch & Main Stem)(Corinna/Hartland to Winslow):

2 fish meals a month.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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