No resident of this state, 16 years of age or older, or nonresident, 12 years of age or older, may fish in inland waters or transport fish taken from inland waters without first obtaining a valid Maine fishing license. Maine Residents* may obtain fishing licenses from any resident license agent. Nonresidents** may obtain fishing licenses in person or by mail from the IF&W Department Office in Augusta or from any of the numerous nonresident license agents throughout the State. Residents and nonresidents are also able to purchase licenses on our website: mefishwildlife.com. Unless otherwise specifically provided, all fishing licenses expire on December 31 of the calendar year for which they were issued.
FREE FISHING LICENSE PROVISIONS:
A free fishing license will be issued, upon application, to the following:
(These free licenses may be obtained at the Department Office in Augusta.)
*Resident means a citizen of the United States who is domiciled in this State or an alien who has been so domiciled for one year. You will not be considered a resident unless:
**Nonresident means a person who does not fall within the definition of resident.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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