Need an excuse to get outside this weekend?

You can fish without a license June 4-5

Thu, 06/02/2022 - 4:00pm

You can fish without a license June 4-5, 2022, according to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in a news release.

“Whether you haven't fished in years, since you were a kid, or you want to try something new, cast a line this weekend,” said MDIFW. “In a fast-paced world, fishing is a great way to slow down and connect with nature. You'll be rewarded with beautiful views, memories, lessons, and hopefully, fish.”

MDIFW provides the following tips:

Wondering where to fish?

No matter where you are in the state, there is fishing opportunity near you. Check out the stocking report to see where the  Department stocked fish near you, read the monthly fishing report with tips and recommendations from each region, or check out the Maine fishing guide

If looking for additional guidance, hire a registered Maine fishing guide! Guides are happy to bring people of all ages and experience levels fishing. 

Before you head out, be sure to view Maine's fishing laws. 

During Free Fishing Weekend, any person including both residents and non-residents (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and rules apply on these days.


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Protect our waters and fish

Don’t dump your bait! Properly dispose of unused baitfish on land or in the trash. Never release any live baitfish into a water body. If fishing with worms, dispose of them in the garbage.

Always Clean, Drain, and Dry your fishing gear to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. This includes your boat, rods, waders, footwear, ropes, and all gear. Learn more.

If fishing with soft plastic lures, do so responsibly. Secure it, check it often, and dispose of it in the trash or recycling bin. Learn more. 

And make sure you are following Maine's lead laws to protect loons and other wildlife. 

Helpful links

Buy a fishing license

Monthly fishing report

Search Maine fishing laws

Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool (FLOAT)

Protect our Waters from Invasive Species

Fishing resources

Current stocking report

Maine Fishing Guide

Fishing with soft plastic lures

Learn how to be a good land user

Hire a registered Maine guide