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General Law & Limit Information

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General Law

General Law applies to all water bodies unless there are other more specific regulations listed. The General Law provisions are stated below.

General Law Seasons

For Southern and Eastern Counties, see Fishing Rules: Southern & Eastern Counties.

For Northern and Western Counties, see Fishing Rules: Northern & Western Counties.

The daily bag, possession and minimum length limits on this page apply to waters open to fishing that DO NOT have special rules stating otherwise. Special Rules (S-Codes) can be found on S Codes & Season Date Codes.

LANDLOCKED SALMON, TROUT, TOGUE (LAKE TROUT) Daily Bag & Possession Limits

The term “trout” when used alone includes brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, splake and Arctic char (Sunapee trout and blueback trout).

The term “brook trout” also includes splake and Arctic char (Sunapee trout and blueback trout).

DAILY BAG & POSSESSION

LIMITS*

MINIMUM LENGTH Limit

Lakes & Ponds

RIVERS, STREAMS & BROOKS

5 Brook Trout A,B (includes Splake and Arctic char)

6 inches

6 inches

2 Landlocked SalmonA

14 inchesC

14 inchesC

2 Togue (Lake Trout)A

18 inches

18 inches

2 Brown TroutA

14 inchesC

6 inchesC

2 Rainbow TroutA

12 inches

6 inches

A. Important: From August 16 – September 30, fishing on rivers, streams, and brooks statewide is restricted to the use of artificial lures only and a total daily bag limit of landlocked salmon, trout and togue: 1 fish.

B. Important: On lakes and ponds in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington and York counties the daily bag limit on brook trout is 2 fish.

C. In Hancock and Washington counties the maximum length limit on landlocked salmon and brown trout is 25 inches. Several lakes in each county are exempt from this rule. Please refer to Fishing Rules: Southern & Eastern Counties for Hancock County information and Fishing Rules: Southern & Eastern Counties for Washington County information.

Other Species

Species

Daily Bag & Possession Limits*

Minimum Length Limit

Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)

2 fish

10 inches, only 1 exceeding 14 inches

Pickerel

10 fish

None

Whitefish

3 fish

None

Smelts

2 quarts

None
(see Fishing laws & definitions)

Northern Pike

Unlimited

None

Muskellunge

Unlimited

None

American eel

25 fish

9 inches

Shad

2 fish

None

Striped Bass

1 fish

Between 20 and 26 inches
in total length, or 40 inches or greater in total length.

Atlantic Salmon

Federally Endangered Species – No Fishing Permitted, please refer to Salmon Information for more information

Alewife

25 fish (see Fishing Laws & Definitions)

None

Species not listed above

Unlimited

None

* Daily bag and possession limit are the same.

Please refer to the following link for more information on Maine’s Saltwater Recreational Angling Regulations:
http://www.maine.gov/dmr/recreational/regulations.htm

Regulations in red are new this year.

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