Maine Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Maine Saltwater Regulations

SPECIES OPEN SEASON DAILY LIMIT MINIMUM SIZE
Striped Bass¹ All Year 1 28 Inches
Striped Bass (Kennebec Watershed)¹ May 1 – June 30 Catch and Release Only with Special Gear Restrictions
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July 1 – Nov. 30 1 28 Inches
Dec. 1 – April 30 CLOSED
Haddock Cannot retain haddock from September 17 through October 31 inclusive, and March 1 through April 14 inclusive. 12 17 Inches
Bluefish (including “snappers”) All year 3 No Size Limit
Black Sea Bass May 19 – September 21 and October 18 – December 31, inclusive 10 13 Inches
Winter Flounder All Year 8 12 Inches
American Shad All Year 2 – Using a hook and line only. No Size Limit
River Herring: Alewife / Blueback Herring Any brook, river or stream not under municipal lease is closed from 6 AM Thursday until 6 AM Sunday. 25 – personal use only No Size Limit
American Eel All Year 25 – Personal Use – speargun, harpoon, trap or hook and line 9 Inches
Atlantic Menhaden All Year 25 – Personal Use – Sale Is Prohibited No Size Limit
Atlantic Cod No Possession Allowed No Possession Allowed No Possession Allowed
Cusk All Year No Limit No Size Limit
Pollock (Maine Territorial Seas) All Year No Limit No Size Limit
Pollock (Federal Waters) All Year No Limit 19 Inches
Acadian Redfish All Year No Limit 9 Inches
Atlantic Halibut (Maine Territorial Seas)³ Cannot retain halibut from July 1 to April 30, inclusive. Vessels may land no more than 5 fish per year. All retained fish shall immediately be tagged with an approved landings tag. 41 Inches
Atlantic Halibut (Federal Waters)³ All Year 1 41 Inches
Atlantic Wolffish Closed No Possession Allowed No Possession Allowed
Atlantic Mackerel All year No Limit No Size Limit
Bluefin Tuna To fish for bluefin tuna a Federal Highly Migratory Species Permit is required. For permits and current fishing regulations visit: hmspermits.noaa.gov or call 1-888-872-8862.
Sharks To fish for sharks (blue, porbeagle, shortfin mako and common thresher sharks) a Federal Highly Migratory Species Permit is required. The minimum size is 54 inches, straight fork length. For permits and current fishing regulations visit: hmspermits.noaa.gov or call 1-888-872-8862.
Sea-Run Brown Trout All Year 2 14 Inches
Atlantic Sturgeon Closed No Possession Allowed No Possession Allowed
Atlantic Salmon It is unlawful to angle, take or possess any Atlantic salmon from all Maine waters (including coastal waters). Any salmon incidentally caught, must be released immediately, alive and uninjured. At no time should the Atlantic salmon be removed from the water.
Rainbow Smelt Please Visit The Rainbow Smelt Regulations Page

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