Ice-out has began in Maine. As we turn the page to warmer temps, here's when you can wet a line for free during open water season.
While ice can still be found, for many anglers the ice augers, traps, and pack baskets are being put away for the season. Waters across Maine are opening up, and spring fishing will soon be prime. This spring features an opportunity to fish license free in Maine waters.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has set June 4 and 5 as Free Family Fishing Days. On these designated days anyone can fish in Maine waters without a license.
The event gives anyone the opportunity to try the sport without having to purchase a fishing license. If your fishing license has been suspended or revoked, you are barred from participating.
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 2022 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 Guide. The guide 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 guide 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.