Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations and Tips
Full DMR Laws and Regulations of Recreational Species
Complete, current Laws and Regulations for DMR regulated recreational species can be found in the DMR Laws & Regulations section of the DMR website. Proposed Rulemaking, Newly Adopted Regulations and Emergency Regulations can also be found there.
Note: If fishing in the tidal portion of rivers, DMR Regulations Chapter 55 lists Gear Restrictions and Closed Areas by body of water for your reference.
Printable Summaries of Recreational Fishing Regulations
- 2021 Striped Bass Regulations (PDF file, 1 page)
Note: The use of circle hooks is required in Maine when using bait to fish for striped bass.
Note: For regulations on Striped Bass fishing in the Kennebec River in Maine Dept. of Inland Fish and Wildlife jurisdiction above the head of tide, please visit the ME IF&W Fishing website.
- 2021 Groundfish and Other Finfish Regulations (PDF file, 1 page)
- 2021 Sea Run Sportfish Regulations (PDF file, 1 page)
- 2021 Sea Run Smelt Regulations (PDF file, 1 page)
- Saltwater Angler's Guide (Know Your Catch & Where To Fish)
- The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)
- Recreational Fish Landings
- Safe Eating Guide for Saltwater Fish
- Tide Tables, Marine Forecast, Buoy Information & More
- Recreational Boating Rules, Safety, and Courses