Meetings & Events

Public Informational Meeting: Wild Trout Conservation Strategy

Date: December 12, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, 205 Church Hill Rd, Augusta

The department is hosting a public informational meeting to discuss the ongoing efforts to develop a wild trout conservation strategy for Maine's northern region. This meeting is not part of a formal rulemaking process, but instead is intended to provide the public with an opportunity to share thoughts on the conservation of this important resource.

The conservation strategy being discussed, would result in a change to the general law in the Northern Region (Franklin, Somerset, Piscataquis, Aroostook, and northern portions of Oxford and Penobscot Counties) to further protect wild trout waters, including tributaries and outlets of heritage ponds in the North Region, while preserving meaningful opportunities to fish with traditional live baitfish methods in northern Maine. A change to General Law will be easy to understand by the public and should increase compliance. Under this approach, waters currently open to ice fishing and use of live fish as bait would remain open and assigned a special regulation that would allow use of live fish as bait. Live fish as bait would continue to be allowed on those same waters during the open water fishing season.

Public Informational Meeting: Wild Trout Conservation Strategy

Date: December 19, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: MDIFW's Ashland Regional Headquarters, 63 Station Street, Ashland

The department is hosting a public informational meeting to discuss the ongoing efforts to develop a wild trout conservation strategy for Maine's northern region. This meeting is not part of a formal rulemaking process, but instead is intended to provide the public with an opportunity to share thoughts on the conservation of this important resource.

The conservation strategy being discussed, would result in a change to the general law in the Northern Region (Franklin, Somerset, Piscataquis, Aroostook, and northern portions of Oxford and Penobscot Counties) to further protect wild trout waters, including tributaries and outlets of heritage ponds in the North Region, while preserving meaningful opportunities to fish with traditional live baitfish methods in northern Maine. A change to General Law will be easy to understand by the public and should increase compliance. Under this approach, waters currently open to ice fishing and use of live fish as bait would remain open and assigned a special regulation that would allow use of live fish as bait. Live fish as bait would continue to be allowed on those same waters during the open water fishing season.