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Properly Handling Soft Plastic Baits

Fishing Regulations Maine Freshwater Fishing

3 Ways to Dispose of Your Soft Plastic Baits

Don’t throw your used soft plastic baits into the water! As mentioned elsewhere in this lawbook, bringing a small Ziploc bag to collect used baits until you get off the water is an excellent idea. But what happens when you get done fishing? Here are your top three options:

  • Recycle canisters. There are bait recycle canisters located on a number of Maine lakes. These are similar to the line recycling canisters. Simply deposit your used soft plastic baits into these canisters at the end of the day.
  • Local recycle programs. Check with your local fishing club or retailer to see if they are involved in a bait recycling program.
  • Trash bin. If there isn’t a bait recycle canister available, simply toss it in the trash.

You wouldn’t throw your plastic water bottle overboard — don’t toss your soft plastic baits, either.

Stocking Information

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife stocks over 1 million fish annually. Information available online includes:

  • Current Year Stocking Report — Updated Daily
  • Historic Annual Stocking Reports, including Broodstock Reports
  • Recent Stocking Program Changes — New and Discontinued Programs

Good Fishing Depends on Clean Water

Many of our rivers, lakes, and coastal areas are experiencing algae blooms that cover our favorite fishing spots with green slime and cause fish kills and “dead zones” where no aquatic life can survive. The cause is usually nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that comes from farm and lawn fertilizers, septic systems, animal waste, and sewage treatment plants. Here’s what you can do to keep the water clean:

  • Take care not to over fertilize and closely follow package instructions
  • Pick up pet waste and properly manage waste from livestock
  • Use green practices such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and permeable pavements
  • Maintain septic systems
  • Encourage your community to invest in its wastewater infrastructure

Supporting water quality protection supports great fishing!

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