This weekend would normally mark the end of ice fishing season. However, open water to fish would be difficult to find in northern waters.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife announced Monday that ice fishing season will be extended in northern Maine waters. Governor Janet Mills signed a bill that gave MDIFW Commissioner Judy Camuso the authority to extend the ice fishing season through April 21. The ice fishing season typically ends March 31.

All rules and regulations for waters that are already open to ice fishing in the north region will remain in effect. Any waters not open to ice fishing will remain closed to ice fishing, and Tribal Waters are excluded from the season extension.

Southern Maine waters are already open year-round to both ice fishing and open water fishing, unless closed by special rule.