During free fishing weekend, any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked. All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. Free fishing weekend is open to both residents and non-residents.

Whether on open water or ice, fishing is one of the most popular activities in Maine! Our nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds and more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams offer endless opportunities.

Free fishing weekend is a great chance for people to try fishing for the first time and for experienced anglers to teach a new angler the joys of the sport!

So, this weekend, grab a friend (or two or three) and plan a weekend to share your passion for fishing!

Looking for ideas on new places to fish nearby? Check out the Maine Fishing Guide!

Remember, always stay safe when venturing out onto Maine’s frozen waterways. Use a chisel or auger to test ice thickness in several places before you step out. Remember that ice seldom freezes uniformly and conditions are always changing and can vary from one location to the next. Ice that forms over flowing water and currents, especially near streams, bridges and culverts, can be particularly dangerous.

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