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 license 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: mefishwildife.com
A person is required to keep his/her fishing license with him/her at all times while fishing or transporting fish and must exhibit their license for inspection by any warden, department employee, guide or landowner upon request.
Possession of fishing tackle in the fields or forest or on the waters or ice of this State without a fishing license is prima facie evidence of fishing in violation of the law.
The commissioner may allow a licensee who has received a complimentary fishing license to have a person accompany and assist that licensee in fishing. The person accompanying and assisting the holder of a complimentary fishing license may do so without obtaining a separate fishing license. This subsection does not authorize the person accompanying and assisting the licensee to assist that licensee with more than one fishing rod and reel. The person accompanying and assisting the licensee must remain within the immediate proximity of the licensee while that licensee is fishing.
FREE (Complimentary) 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.)
Please note: All waters which have the S-9 restriction (previously known as “youth fishing only waters”, are now open for persons under 16 years of age or for persons holding a complimentary fishing license. All categories listed above are eligible in S-9 waters.
*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:
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