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Maine Fishing Licenses 2013

Maine fishing regulations regarding licensing are very easy to understand. In a nutshell, Maine fishing licenses are required for...

Penobscot River ...anyone fishing in Maine's inland waterways, (see below for saltwater fishing registration)...

...or anyone who is transporting fish that has been taken from inland waters...

...with primary exceptions of Maine residents under 16 year of age and nonresidents under 12 years of age.

Furthermore, according to the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, "Possession of fishing tackle in the fields or forest or on the water or ice of this State without a fishing license is prima facie evidence of fishing in violation of the law."

So, be prepared and do NOT plan to fish unlicensed!

Thankfully, the State of Maine has made it easy to obtain a fishing license.

Through an online licensing service, MOSES - Maine Online Sportsman Electronic System...

...it is possible for residents, nonresidents and "aliens" to purchase...

...and print not only a Maine State fishing license, but licenses for other sporting activities, also.

Licenses for residents are sold as...

  • Combination Fishing and Archery
  • Combination Hunting and Fishing
  • Resident Fishing
  • 1 Day (24 hour) Fishing
  • Serviceman Fishing and Hunting
  • Serviceman Dependent Hunting
  • Serviceman Dependent Fishing and Hunting
  • Supersport License
  • Duplicate License

...and the Superpack, which is a fishing, hunting, archery, as well as muzzleload, migratory waterfowl, pheasant, spring and fall turkey, bear, crossbow, coyote night hunt, and antlerless deer permit.

Licenses for alien and nonresidents are sold as...

  • Combination Hunting and Fishing
  • Nonresident Season Fishing
  • 15 Day Fishing
  • 7 Day Fishing
  • 3 Day (72 hour) Fishing
  • 1 Day (24 Hour) Fishing
  • Junior Fishing
  • Alien Combination Fishing and Hunting
  • Alien Seasonal Fishing
  • Supersport License
  • Duplicate License

Maine Saltwater Fishing License

Saltwater fishing registration is now required for recreational anglers, whether residents or not. From Maine.gov...

..."Anyone (Maine resident or non-resident) who wishes to fish recreationally in saltwater needs to register in Maine."

To register for saltwater fishing in Maine, please visit...

...www.maine.gov/dmr/recreational/registryinfo.htm

For both Maine freshwater and tidal sport fishing, size, bag and possession limits, and regulations regarding method of fishing, apply.

Being up-to-date on Maine's fishing rules and regulations, before you head out on a Maine fishing trip, may save you a lot of agony! Why ruin a great Maine vacation?

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