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Will take place on May 31 and June 1, 2008 & May 30 and May 31, 2009. On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.


General Law applies unless otherwise specified by individual water or county restrictions. Please refer to individual waters for more detail.

Open Water Fishing Season:
April 1 - September 30

Important....Unless otherwise noted, lakes and ponds in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York counties remain open to open water fishing through December 31. From October 1 to December 31, all trout, landlocked salmon, and togue (lake trout) must be released alive at once.

2008 Maine Open Water
Fishing Laws and Rules (PDF, 2.23MB)

To view the PDF version of Open Water Fishing laws and rules, you will need the free Adobe Reader. If you need assistance, view the State of Maine PDF Help page, contact the State of Maine via e-mail or call (207) 287-8000.

Download times may vary depending on your internet connection.

New for 2008 - Maine Waters Open to Year Round Open Water Fishing (January 1 - December 31)

If you would like to receive an official copy of the 2008 Maine Open Water Fishing Laws and Rules by mail, please send your request by e-mail or call us at (207) 287-8000.

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