AUGUSTA, Maine -- This year, anglers hoping to get just one more day of fishing will get their wish, as the open water fishing season will conclude on Sunday, October 1, not the customary September 30.
Generally, the open water fishing season runs from April 1 through September 30. However, when September 30 falls upon a Saturday, state law allow the commissioner to extend the season by one day.
"We are thrilled to give anglers one more day to enjoy some fantastic fall fishing. Fall can be a spectacular time to fish, with foliage at its peak, and salmon and trout are very aggressive as they prepare to spawn,"' said Roland D. Martin, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Title 12, section 12456, subsection 2 C reads "whenever the last day of open water fishing season falls on a Saturday, the season is extended one day to include the following Sunday."
All laws fishing rules and laws that are applicable from April 30 through September 30 will be in effect for October 1.
After October 1, there are fall fishing opportunities available, but they are limited to specific bodies of water, and there are more restrictive regulations on tackle and possession. For more details, please consult the fishing law book or fishing regulations on the department's website at www.mefishwildlife.com. Look for waterways with the S-23 (closes Oct. 31) and S-24 (closes Nov. 30) regulation codes.
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