May 29, 2014

Free Fishing Days May 31 & June 1

AUGUSTA ? The weekend is approaching and what better way to spend it than to go fishing ? or take your children fishing!

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is promoting Free Fishing Days this Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1 to encourage people to get out and experience Maine?s waterways. This free fishing event is open to any person except those whose license has been revoked or suspended. All fishing regulations apply. For a complete list of fishing regulations, including limits and sizes, visit

Fishing, whether on open water or on ice, is one of the most popular activities in Maine, drawing thousands upon thousands of residents and out-of-state visitors to the state?s nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds and almost 32,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Maine is proud to be home to more than 90 percent of the wild brook trout found in lakes and ponds and also boasts exceptional landlocked salmon, brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and plenty of other fish species that are great for children.

The Department stocks more than 1 million fish each year and manages more than 20 species of freshwater game fish.

This weekend is the last of two free fishing weekends offered this year.

Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for adults to introduce youngsters to Maine?s outdoors. The anticipation of catching a fish, and the excitement of seeing one on the end of the line, are experiences that create life long memories.

Want to continue the fishing experience throughout the year? Fishing licenses are available for purchase on IF&W?s website, at any of the more than 285 MOSES licensing agents statewide, or at town offices and other locations.

They also are available at our main office at 284 State St., Augusta.