Can you warm up while ice fishing with a campfire on the ice? We did a little research to get to the bottom of this burning question.

It's been a warm start to winter in Maine. Lakes and ponds around the state are slowly beginning to freeze over. Soon enough, we'll be hitting the hardwater. A regular topic that pops up in online ice fishing groups - Can you have a fire on the ice?

Paul Wolfe, Townsquare Media
Paul Wolfe, Townsquare Media

According to state statues, it's legal.

Here's how its written on

"Permissible open burning without permit. When not prohibited by state rule, local ordinance or water utility regulation, the following types of burning are permissible without a permit if no nuisance is created:

A. Recreational campfires kindled when the ground is covered by snow or on frozen bodies of water."

You also need to burn your fire on something, like a barrel cover or portable fire pit. In addition, all the debris from the fire needs to be completely cleaned up. If not, you can be fined for littering.

In other Maine fishing related news, wildlife officials announced an annual weekend of free fishing. According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, February 18-19 anyone can fish Maine waters without having to purchase a license.

Stay safe, and happy fishing.

15 Must-Have Items For Ice Fishing Season In Maine

Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.

Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.


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