The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed regulation changes for the ice-fishing and open-water fishing seasons.

The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ballroom C, located at 250 Haskell Road in Bangor.

The lists of proposed changes can be viewed by clicking the links below.

These regulations are needed, the department said in a release, to provide for the effective conservation of Maine’s inland fisheries, and enhance fishing opportunities throughout the state.

These regulatory proposals are based on current information regarding the status of game fish populations and their use. Appropriate adjustments to the regulations are proposed to control exploitation, and enhance the quality and variety of fishing opportunities throughout the state, stated the release.

Some waters also will meet the criteria and be added to the State Heritage Fish waters list, and some either do not meet the criteria or existing restrictions undermine efforts to conserve other native fish and are proposed for removal.

The proposals, if adopted, will become effective Jan. 1, with the exception of the removal of Crescent Pond from the Heritage Fish Waters list effective Oct. 1.

Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may submit written comments on any of the proposals to Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 or by email at

The deadline to submit comments is Friday, Aug. 24.

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