Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE: August 3, 2022

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 1. Open Water and Ice Fishing Regulations; Chapter 1-A. State Heritage Fish Waters


BRIEF SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing regulation changes for the upcoming ice fishing and open water fishing seasons. These regulations are needed to provide for the effective conservation of Maine’s inland fisheries and to enhance fishing opportunities throughout the State. This rule-making packet includes 131 individual proposals presented in the following “theme” categories: State Heritage Fish Waters; Special Need; Salmonid Growth and Performance; Expanded Angler Opportunity; S-8 (Restricted to two lines per person) Waters Review; Partial Simplification to General Law; Complete Simplification to General Law; Errors, Conflicts, and Confusion; New Special Regulation Listing; Transition to “Only 1 brook trout may exceed 12 inches”; and Transition to “Only 1 brook trout may exceed 14 inches”. The complete list of proposals may be obtained from the Agency Contact Person or online at:

The proposals, if adopted, will become effective January 1, 2023. Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposals and provide comments by submitting written comments by mail or email to the contact person for this filing or by participating in the public hearing. (All comments must be related to this rulemaking packet.) Note: Written comments are given equal consideration to testimony given at the public hearing.

Date, time, and location of PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, August 22, 2022 @ 4:00 pm – IFW, 353 Water Street, Room 400, Augusta, ME

COMMENT DEADLINE: September 1, 2022

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 353 Water Street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333;

Click here to view the Fishing Regulation Proposals for the 2023 Fishing Season (PDF)

Click here to view the Fishing Regulation Proposals Reference Report (MS Excel)

Click here to view the Fishing Regulation Proposals Reference Report (PDF)

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