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Boundary Waters Between Maine & New Brunswick

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Licensing Requirements On Boundary Waters:

Either a Maine or New Brunswick License will be honored while fishing on the main body of the waters listed below, or on boundary river waters, including the main stem of the St. Croix River. Fishing on these waters in any area or cove where jurisdiction can be determined by a straight line drawn between two points of land, or fishing while positioned on shore or tied up to shore requires the appropriate agency license.

ICE FISHING

Waters Affected By This Section Are As Follows:

In Aroostook County

Glazier Lake (1), North Lake, The Thoroughfare between North Lake and East Grand Lake, and East Grand Lake (2), St. John River, from the International Bridge in Van Buren downstream to Maine/New Brunswick border at the easternmost border of the Town of Hamlin.(4)

In Washington County

Mud Lake, East Grand Lake (2), Spednic Lake (3), Grand Falls Flowage (5) east of a line between red markers on McAlister Point and Abbot’s Point, and St. Croix River Flowage (Woodland Flowage)

The Following Regulations Apply On Above Waters:

Open season

January 1 – March 31.

Daily bag limits

  • On landlocked salmon, trout, togue, and black bass: three fish in the aggregate not to include more than 2 landlocked salmon, 2 togue;
  • On whitefish – three (3), no size or weight limit;
  • On smelts – sixty (60), no size or weight limit;
  • On Cusk – ten (10), no size or weight limit;
  • On pickerel – ten (10), no size or weight limit;
  • All other species (except Atlantic sea run salmon) – NO limits.

Minimum length limits

  • Landlocked salmon: 14 inches (35 cm)
  • Black bass: 10 inches (25 cm)
  • Togue: 18 inches (45 cm)
  • Trout: 6 inches (15 cm)

Equipment

On all waters open to ice fishing – five (5) lines per person.

Bait

Use or possession of spiny-finned fish as bait is prohibited.

Legal hours

From 2 hours before sunrise until 2 hours after sunset. (No night fishing.)

Exceptions

  1. Glazier Lake is open to the taking of cusk in the nighttime with 5 lines.
  2. East Grand Lake: Daily bag limit on landlocked salmon, trout, togue, and bass: 5 fish in the aggregate, not to include more than 2 landlocked salmon, 1 togue, 1 bass, and all 5 may be brook trout. S-28.
  3. Spednic Lake: Closed to the taking of smallmouth bass. No size or bag limit on largemouth bass. S-28.
  4. St. John River, Van Buren to Hamlin: Total weight of landlocked salmon, trout, togue, and black bass is not to exceed 7½ pounds (3.5 kg).
  5. Grand Falls Flowage: All smallmouth bass caught must be released alive at once. S-28. No size or bag limit on largemouth bass.

Brook Trout Management and Stocking Strategies in Maine’s Southern and Eastern Counties

Two general approaches are used to create recreational fisheries for brook trout in Maine’s Southern and Eastern Counties. These two strategies reflect very different stocking programs and angler harvest opportunities, and are therefore managed under different suites of regulations.

“Put-and-Take” or “Catchable” fisheries are created by stocking brook trout of a size that are legal to harvest at time of stocking, and are reserved for waters with marginal or only seasonally suitable habitat. The management objective on this type of water encourages harvest of stocked trout that will only survive to provide a fishery for a brief period of time. Brook trout are selected for this program because they are a highly sought-after native fish that are readily caught by anglers. Waters selected under this program typically do not support wild brook trout, and do not support year round “put-grow-and-take” fisheries for brook trout or other cold water fish due to environmental (e.g., summer water quality, limited spawning/nursery habitat) or biological limitations (e.g., interspecific competition, predation). Selected waters also offer good public access and are located in proximity to human population centers to encourage utilization of stocked trout. Traditionally, stocking focused on the spring fishing season, but programs have expanded to create fall and winter fisheries.

Few fishing restrictions are applied to waters managed exclusively for “put-and-take” fisheries. For example, trout stocked in the fall to create winter brook trout fishing may be caught through the ice in December, a full month earlier than allowed on other “put-grow-and-take” ponds open to ice fishing, where conservation of stocked fish is a greater management concern. Most “put and take” rivers open to year-round fishing may be stocked in the spring and again in the fall, and these trout may be harvested anytime. Two-trout bag limits are generally imposed to help distribute the harvest amongst anglers and lengthen the duration of the fishery.

“Put-Grow-And-Take” fisheries may be supported by hatchery-reared brook trout, or other coldwater species such as landlocked salmon and lake trout (togue). Stocked fisheries are created where year-round adult habitat exists, but spawning and nursery habitat are lacking, or where heavy predation and/or competition from warmwater fish severely limit survival of wild trout or salmon. Typically, brook trout are stocked at a size below the minimum legal length limit. These smaller fish, which are much less expensive to produce, are planted with the expectation that they’ll grow to larger size and contribute to the development of a multi-age class fishery. Most put-grow-and-take waters are closed to winter fishing, favoring a high quality open water angling experience. Fall fishing on “put-grow-take” waters are typically subject to artificial lures only, catch and release restrictions. For those that open to ice fishing, harvest is precluded prior to January 1. These restrictions support year round fishing, while maintaining high catch rates and harvest opportunity during traditionally high use fishing periods (i.e., early winter and spring).

Secondary fisheries for “put-and-take” brook trout may compliment “put-grow-and-take” fisheries for other types of stocked (e.g., brown trout, rainbow trout, Splake, etc.) or even wild coldwater fisheries (e.g., lake trout). These secondary “put and take” fisheries for brook trout offer higher catch rates in waters that may offer slower fishing under solely “put-grow-take” management. Fishing regulations in these waters generally emphasize “put-grow-and-take” management.

OPEN WATER FISHING

Waters Affected By This Section Are As Follows:

In Aroostook County

St. Francis River (9), Glazier Lake (9), St. John River (downstream from the confluence with the St. Francis River)(9), Monument Brook, North Lake (7), The Thoroughfare between North Lake and East Grand Lake, and East Grand Lake (5,6).

In Washington County

East Grand Lake (5,6), Mud Lake, St. Croix River (1,2,3,4), Spednic Lake (4,5), Woodland Flowage (St. Croix River Flowage) (2,8), and Grand Falls Flowage east of a line between red markers on McAllister’s Point and Abbott’s Point (10).

The Following Regulations Apply On Above Waters:

Open season

April 1 through September 30.

Equipment

Not more than 1 line per person.

Daily bag limits

  • On landlocked salmon, trout and togue (lake trout): Five (5) fish, not to include more than 2 landlocked salmon and 2 togue (lake trout), all 5 may be trout. Total weight of these fish not to exceed 7-1/2 pounds (3.5 kg.).
  • On black bass: April 15 – June 30: 1 fish; July 1-September 30: 3 fish.
  • On smelts: sixty (60), no size or weight limit.
  • On whitefish: three (3), no size or weight limit.
  • On Cusk – ten (10), no size or weight limit.
  • On Pickerel – ten (10), no size or weight limit.
  • All other species (except Atlantic salmon): NO LIMITS.

Minimum length limits

  • Landlocked salmon: 14 inches (35 cm)
  • Black bass: 10 inches (25 cm)
  • Togue: 18 inches (45 cm)
  • Trout: 6 inches (15 cm)

Bait

Use or possession of spiny-finned fish for bait is prohibited.

Legal hours

From 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Legal fishing hours and open season herein do not apply to the taking of smelts from waters or portions thereof naturally free of ice.

Exceptions

  1. St. Croix River from Milltown Dam to the Unionville bridge line (located at the end of Todd St. in Calais): S-5.
  2. St. Croix River from Grand Falls Dam down to Milltown Dam, including the Woodland Flowage: Remains open to fishing through October. From October 1 – October 31: artificial lures only; all fish caught must be released alive at once. Except no size or bag limit on largemouth bass.
  3. St. Croix River from Vanceboro Dam to Grand Falls Dam: No size or bag limit on largemouth bass.
  4. Spednic Lake and the St. Croix River from Mud Lake to Spednic Lake: Closed to the taking of smallmouth bass. No size or bag limit on largemouth bass. Not more than 2 lines per person.
  5. East Grand and Spednic Lakes: S-2, S-3, S-28.
  6. East Grand: Daily bag limit on landlocked salmon, trout, and togue: 5 fish in the aggregate, not to include more than 2 landlocked salmon, 1 togue, and all 5 may be brook trout. Daily limit on white perch: 25 fish. The 7 1/2 pound weight limit does not apply. Not more than 2 lines per person.
  7. North Lake, Orient: S-2, S-3, Not more than 2 lines per person.
  8. Woodland Flowage S-28. No size or bag limit on largemouth bass. Remains open to fishing through October. From October 1 – October 31: artificial lures only; all fish must be released alive at once (except no size or bag limit on largemouth bass).
  9. Glazier Lake, St. Francis River, St. John River: S-13. From October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-13. Open to taking of bass and muskellunge only.
  10. Grand Falls Flowage: S-28. All smallmouth bass caught must be released alive at once. No size or bag limit on largemouth bass.

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