May 26, 2015

Free Fishing in Maine this Weekend

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is encouraging everyone to get out on Maine’s waters this weekend to take advantage of free fishing days.

Free fishing weekend will take place on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, when any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked.

All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply.

“Fishing always provides great memories, especially when you help a child experience the joys of fishing for the first time,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Free fishing weekend is the perfect time for people of all ages to try their hand at fishing and see why the sport is such a beloved Maine tradition.”

Fishing is one of the most popular ways to enjoy Maine’s great outdoors. There are wonderful fishing opportunities throughout the state on the nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds and more than 30,000 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,” said Chandler Woodcock, IFW Commissioner.

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

The Department also offers a free ice fishing weekend in February each year.

For a complete list of fishing regulations, including limits and sizes, visit www.mefishwildlife.com

For more information on fishing opportunities in Maine, visit www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/opportunities/index.htm

Current Fish Stocking Reports: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reports/stocking/currentseason/currentstockingreport.pdf

Tips for taking kids fishing: http://www.maine.gov/wordpress/insideifw/2015/05/26/free-fishing-weekend-in-maine-and-tips-for-taking-kids-fishing/