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Each revision of this publication is filed with the Secretary of State and, as a result, the rules herein have the force of law as printed.

New Regulations In This Book

The following are some of the more significant changes to the 2013 Maine Fishing Lawbook.

  1. This lawbook contains fishing regulations for the period beginning April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
  2. The “No Live Fish as Bait” (S-4) special rule has been applied to several wild brook trout waters to minimize the threat of new species introductions.
  3. Togue regulations were liberalized on several lakes in Hancock County to reduce their impacts to smelt populations and to improve landlocked salmon growth.
  4. Unrestricted harvest of illegally-introduced largemouth bass is now permitted on several Washington County waters to minimize their impacts to important smallmouth bass fisheries.
  5. Maximum length limits (25 inches) for landlocked salmon and brown trout were applied to waters in Hancock County to minimize the possibility of unintentional harvest of federally endangered Atlantic salmon.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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