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Boundary Waters Between Maine and New Hampshire

Fishing Regulations Maine Freshwater Fishing

Licensing Requirements On Border Waters:

Fishing licenses issued to any person by either this State or New Hampshire shall be recognized when used on any lake or pond which is partly in both States of Maine and New Hampshire.

Waters Affected By This Section Include:

Oxford County

  • Lower Kimball Pond, Fryeburg, Maine and Chatham, New Hampshire.
  • Umbagog Lake, Upton, Maine and Errol/Cambridge, New Hampshire. Waters of Umbagog Lake include the waters of the Androscoggin River downstream to coordinates 44.782092° -071.072178° to 44.781341° -071.072178° using WGS84 map datum, the waters of the Magalloway River upstream to coordinates 44.795602° -071.062732° to 44.795602° -071.061793° using WGS84 map datum, and the waters of the Rapid River upstream to the red markers at Cedar Stump in the State of Maine.

York County

  • Balch and Stump Ponds, Acton, Maine and Wakefield, New Hampshire.
  • Great East Lake, Acton, Maine and Wakefield, New Hampshire.
  • Horn Pond, Acton, Maine and Wakefield, New Hampshire. Signs posted at the downstream extent of the Great East Dam Outlet Canal denote the boundary between Horn Pond and the Salmon Falls River.
  • Milton Pond, Lebanon, Maine and Milton, New Hampshire.
  • Northeast Pond, Acton and Lebanon, Maine and Milton New Hampshire.
  • Province Lake, Parsonfield, Maine and Effingham/Wakefield, New Hampshire.
  • Salmon Falls River, Acton, Lebanon, Berwick, and South Berwick, Maine, and Milton, Rochester, Somersworth, and Rollinsford, New Hampshire. Included is the upper reach of the Salmon Falls River beginning at the outlet dam of Great East Lake, also known as State Line Canal, to a point downstream marked by signage indicating the northern terminus of Horn Pond.
  • Spaulding Pond, Lebanon, Maine and Milton, New Hampshire.
  • Townhouse Pond, Lebanon, Maine and Milton, New Hampshire.

General Fishing Rules:

General fishing rules listed below apply to New Hampshire border waters that do not have special fishing rules. If a water has special rules that differ from the general fishing rules listed below, they will be listed in the special fishing rules sections beginning on either Southern & Eastern Counties or Northern & Western Counties

Season Dates

  • Ice Fishing:
    January 1 to March 31: Lakes and ponds are open for all species except landlocked salmon and cusk.
  • Open Water Fishing:
    • April 1 to September 30: Lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and brooks are open to open water fishing for all species.
    • October 1 to December 31: Lakes and ponds are open to open water fishing for all species; all trout, landlocked salmon, and togue must be released alive at once.
    • October 1 to March 31: Rivers, streams and brooks are closed to all fishing (except Salmon Falls River).


  • Ice Fishing: Not more than five (5) lines per person (except Great East Lake).
  • Open Water Fishing: Not more than two (2) lines per person.
  • From May 15 to June 30: Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) may be taken only with artificial lures and flies.

Baitfish Use

No dead or living pickerel, goldfish, yellow perch, white perch, black bass, sunfish, crappie, horned pout (bullhead), carp, or any spiny-finned fish shall be taken, sold, or possessed for use as bait for fishing in New Hampshire-Maine interstate waters.

Border Waters Between Maine and New Hampshire


Daily Bag & Possession Limits

Minimum Length Limit

Brook trout

2 fish

6 inches (except Umbagog Lake)

Rainbow trout

2 fish

10 inches in lakes and ponds.

6 inches in rivers, streams, and brooks.

Brown trout

2 fish

10 inches in lakes and ponds.

6 inches in rivers, streams, and brooks.

Landlocked salmon

No landlocked salmon through the ice

2 fish open water fishing

14 inches

Togue (Lake trout)

2 fish

18 inches (except Great East Lake)

Black bass

May 15 to June 30: all black bass must be released alive at once. July 1 to May 14: 2 fish

No minimum length limit.

Only 1 may exceed 14 inches.


2 quarts by hook and line only

(except Lower Kimball Pond)

No length limit


10 fish

No length limit


NOTE: There is no size or bag limit on black bass in the Magalloway River in New Hampshire