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$25, one-day $11. Nonresident fees, not including the agent’s fee, are as follows: Season, $64; 15day, $49; seven-day, $45; three-day, $25; one-day, $13. Nonresident fishing licenses are sold at tackle shops as well as at municipal clerks’ offices. Fishing licenses may be purchased online from the State of Maine at maine.gov/ifw. Maine’s Free Family Fishing Days will take place on June 4-5, when anyone whose license has not been suspended or revoked may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on those days. Make sure to be familiar with regulations concerning bag limits and size. Maine law demands that a fish taken from inland waters be killed and become part of the legal bag limit or immediately returned to the water from which it was taken. No species may be kept on stringers or in live wells or buckets except during a licensed fishing tournament. A full explanation of Maine fishing regulations, including

FRESHWATER FISHING L akes and ponds in southern Maine offer a variety of fish species. Black bass, pickerel, whitefish, white and yellow perch, and brown bullhead are the more popular warm-water species. Brook, brown and lake trout (called togue in Maine) are common, as are landlocked salmon. Check with local tackle shops for fishing conditions. Most of the streams and brooks in southern Maine are hidden in summer by heavy brush growth along the shorelines. Bring along waders or a canoe. You will need insect repellent, but there will be no crowds, and the fishing is excellent.

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Fishermen age 16 and older are required to buy a license for fishing inland waters. A resident license is: Season

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Journal Tribune - VACATIONER 15 specific rules for each water body, as much as you can. A fish out is provided in booklet form upon of water is suffocating, and may purchase of a license and is also injure itself on rocks. Just 30 secavailable as a digital edition online onds of air exposure can decrease at eRegulations.com/maine/fishits life span. ing. 3. Be gentle. Wet your hands Pregnant and nursing women, before handling any live fish. Keep women who may become pregyour fingers away from the gills. nant and young children should Don’t squeeze fish and never drag not eat freshwater fish from Maine fish onto the bank. due to mercury accumulation 4. Remove the hook with small in the fish from air pollution. pliers or a similar type tool – if the However, one meal per month hook is deeply embedded or in a of brook trout and landlocked sensitive area such as the gills or salmon is considered safe. stomach, cut the leader close to Fishermen are also reminded the snout. Make an effort to use to avoid the use of lead tackle, regular steel (bronzed) hooks to which causes fatal lead poisonpromote early disintegration. Do ing in loons and other waterfowl. not use stainless or gold-plated Steel, tin, bismuth or plastic are hooks. recommended. 5. To revive a fish once it is back in the water, hold it in a swimming position in the water Releasing fish and move it gently back and forth The Department of Inland until it is able to swim away. Fisheries and Wildlife offers the following tips for releasing fish unharmed: Aquatic plants 1. Time is of the essence. Play Under Maine law, it is illegal and release the fish as quickly and to transport any aquatic plant on carefully as possible. An exhausted the outside of a vehicle. It is illegal fish may be too weak to recover. to sell, propagate or introduce to 2. Keep the fish in the water • See Freshwater Fishing, Page 22

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