This Weekend is a ‘Free Ice Fishing Weekend’ in Maine
A special weekend allows anyone to fish Maine waters without a license.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has set February 18 and 19 as Free Family Fishing Days. On these designated days anyone can fish in Maine waters without a license. These days are listed on page 49 in the newly released 2023 Maine fishing law book.
The event gives Mainers an opportunity to try the sport without having to purchase a fishing license. If your fishing license has been suspended or revoked, no fishing for you.
All other laws and regulations must be followed. Those regulations and bag limits can vary depending on the body of water you choose to fish. It's recommended that you read through the 2023 Maine Open Water and Ice Fishing Law Book.
Whether you're new to the area, new to the sport, or looking for some new places to wet a line, there's lots to choose from in the Maine Fishing Report. The report is compiled by regional fisheries biologists who have pulled together a listing of some of the best inland fishing spots. It also includes freshwater fishing tips, resources, and advice.
The report divides the state into regions. In each section, the resource breaks down bodies of water by the fish species that inhabit it. Each listing includes locations of public water access, water depth, and where to find it in your Delorme atlas.
The Free Family Fishing Days for open water fishing are set for June 3 and 4.