AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s annual spring Family Free Fishing Days are June 4-5.
This free fishing event is open to any person except those whose license has been revoked or suspended. All fishing regulations on gear, bait, and bag and size limits apply. For a complete list of fishing regulations, including limits and sizes, visit www.mefishwildlife.com and click on “fishing.”
“One of my fondest memories is when I was three and my grandparents took me fishing for the first time,” said Commissioner Chandler Woodcock. “That experience began my life-long appreciation for Maine’s outdoors. What stories of fishing together will you and your child share when they’re older? Why not go make those memories during Family Free Fishing Days?”
The department reminds would-be fishermen that the Ice and Open Water Fishing Law Book had a misprint that listed Memorial Day weekend as the Family Free Fishing Days. This is not the case. Check MDIF&W’s website, www.mefishwildlife.com, for more information.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities in Maine, drawing thousands upon thousands of residents and out-of-state visitors to the state’s nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds and almost 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, an IF&W press release said.
Approximately 286,000 people annually purchase fishing licenses in Maine, and the sport has a $300 million impact on the state’s economy.
For those who want to continue the fishing experience throughout the year, fishing licenses are available for purchase on MDIF&W’s Web site, www.mefishwildlife.com, at any of the more than 800 MOSES licensing agents statewide, or at town offices and other locations. They also are available at the main office at 284 State St., Augusta.