This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, is Maine’s free fishing weekend and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials encourage all to get outside and enjoy a day or two of fishing with family or friends on one of Maine’s many waters.

On free fishing weekend any person, including non-residents, 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.

For more information on the rules and regulations on your favorite water, visit

Fishing is one of the most popular ways to enjoy Maine’s great outdoors. There are wonderful fishing opportunities throughout the state on the nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds and more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Wondering where to go? Check the improved Maine Fishing Guide at This statewide guide features the top fishing destinations in the state, broken down by species, tips on how to catch various species, and even provides advice on how to fish with children. One can even use the department’s Google Earth data layers on a desktop or other device to select the next fishing destination.

And the fun does not have to stop after the weekend. One can go online at and get a license. There are license options for a day, week, 15 days or season. The cost for a day of fishing is less than one would pay to go to the movies. And child under age 16 fishes free.

Last year, more than 345,000 people were licensed to fish in Maine and fishing contributes more than $370 million to Maine’s economy. Money from license sales helps protect Maine’s waters, enhances Maine’s fisheries and provides water access on many of Maine’s lakes and rivers.

The department stocks more than 1 million fish each year and manages more than 20 species of freshwater game fish. Wondering where we stocked fish lately? Go online at

The department also offers a free ice fishing weekend in February each year.

For a complete list of fishing regulations, including limits and sizes,

For more information on fishing opportunities in Maine, visit

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