The open water fishing season officially began on April 1 and not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned. With snow banks in my driveway still above the bumper of my 2000 Dodge pickup it’s hard to see an end to this winter but, the start of the fishing season is always a good sign. I plan on dusting off my fly rod and testing the waters just as soon as the ice goes out :(.
The Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Department puts out a free “Open Water & Ice Fishing Guide” The is filled with useful information for anglers. If you are a seasoned fisher-person you should download a copy and read up on any new regulations before heading to your favorite fishing hole.
Here is a link to the 2014 guide: http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/14MEFW-Final-LR.pdf
Don’t forget there are a few “Free Fishing” days where any person may fish without a license. These days are May 31st and June 1st.