Purchasing a recreational fishing license in Maine is necessary in order to legally fish within the state. From a sport fishing license for hobby to a saltwater fishing license there are many different types of fishing licenses available in Maine. Even commercial options are available for anglers who wish to sell the fish they catch or create a business around fishing.

Anglers in Maine should understand the type of recreational fishing license they need in order to stay within the laws of the Maine Department of Marine Resources and Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Understanding who needs a recreational saltwater fishing license, as well as the length of time each permit is valid for are important pieces of information to have. To find out more about resident and non-resident freshwater fishing license information, continue reading below.

Who Needs a Fishing License in Maine?

A sport fishing license in Maine is mandatory for anyone 16 years of age or older fishing in inland water or transporting fish taken from inland waters. A saltwater fishing license has the same requirement as the game fishing license, except there are more exemptions to consider such as Maine residents who only fish recreationally in saltwater areas on Memorial Day weekend or July 4th and those who are members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe or Penobscot Nation to name a few. Commercial fishing permits have much stricter requirements and will vary depending on the type of fish or waterfowl being sourced.

Maine Fishing License Requirements

In order to receive a game and fish fishing license in Maine, or a recreational saltwater fishing license, there are a few requirements that must be met. To obtain a recreational freshwater fishing license, anglers must first prove residency if filing for a resident license. Another important requirement involving saltwater fishing permits is that if the angler must already hold a valid freshwater fishing license before purchasing the add-on saltwater license.

Types of Fishing Licenses in Maine

Knowing the different types of recreational fishing licenses in the state is a great place for fishermen to start when deciding on which license to get. Each type of fishing license in Maine can be broken down into two categories: resident and non-resident licenses. The types of varying resident fishing licenses include:

  • Fishing (16 and older)
  • Combination Fishing & Hunting
  • Combination Fishing & Archery
  • One-Day Fishing
  • Serviceman Combination Fishing & Hunting
  • Servicemen Dependent Combination Fishing & Hunting
  • Superpack

The types of non-resident freshwater fishing license options include:

  • Season Fishing (16 and older)
  • Combination Fishing & Hunting
  • 15-Day Fishing
  • Seven-Day Fishing
  • Three-Day Fishing
  • One-Day Fishing
  • Alien Season Fishing
  • Alien Combination Fishing & Hunting

For saltwater fishing permits in Maine, anglers are required to register annually. Proof of registration or exemption is required to be carried with the sport fishing license.

What types of fish can I catch with a fishing license in Maine?

Fishing in Maine with a recreational saltwater license or a game and fish fishing license will open the door to a wide variety of fish. The types of fish available in Maine include:

 

  • Perch
  • Northern pike
  • Crappie
  • Sunfish
  • Brown bullhead
  • Muskellunge
  • Lake whitefish

What types of fish require special fishing permits or tags in Maine?

Using a game fishing license or freshwater fishing license generally does not have any restrictions in terms of fish able to be caught, with the exception of the Atlantic salmon. Atlantic salmon fishing regulations are implemented in Maine which means that a special sport fishing license will be required if fishing for these specific salmon. In addition, special fishing permits are required for any angler participating in fishing derbies and bass tournaments.

How long is a fishing license valid in Maine?

Depending on the type of freshwater fishing permit in Maine, the length of time in which the license is valid will fluctuate. For those who purchase a regular recreational fishing license, it is generally valid for the length of the fishing season. However, there are options for one-day, three day and 15-day fishing options which will provide temporary permission to fish in Maine waters.

How much does a Maine fishing license cost?

Prices for a resident freshwater fishing license and non-resident freshwater fishing license in Maine will vary, especially when deciding between a seasonal license or a temporary license. The prices for game and fish fishing licenses are as follows:

Resident:

  • Fishing (16 and older) – $25.00
  • Combination Fishing & Hunting – $43.00
  • Combination Fishing & Archery – $43.00
  • One-Day Fishing – $11.00
  • Serviceman Combination Fishing & Hunting – $3.00
  • Servicemen Dependent Combination Fishing & Hunting – $20.00
  • Superpack – $201.00

Non-Resident:

  • Season Fishing (16 and older) – $64.00
  • Combination Fishing & Hunting – $150.00
  • 15-Day Fishing – $47.00
  • Seven-Day Fishing – $43.00
  • Three-Day Fishing – $23.00
  • One-Day Fishing – $11.00
  • Alien Season Fishing – $84.00
  • Alien Combination Fishing & Hunting – $191.00

For the resident saltwater fishing license and the non-resident saltwater fishing license, there is no price difference currently available. Anglers will need to register for $1.

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Are fishing license discounts available in Maine?

There recreational fishing license discounts in Maine available to certain anglers who meet the requirements for a complimentary license. A complimentary sport fishing license in ME is provided to:

  • Any Maine resident who is legally blind.
  • A Maine resident who is 70 years of age or older.
  • Maine residents who are disabled.
  • Maine residents who is a war veteran or served in a combat zone.
  • Any Maine Indian who is a member of the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet or Micmac tribe.

Where can I get a fishing license in Maine?

To purchase a freshwater fishing license in Maine, anglers have the option to visit the Maine Department office in Augusta, through various licensing agents throughout the state or online. Not all town clerks will be able to issue non-resident freshwater fishing licenses. A recreational saltwater fishing license can be obtained online, by mail or in person.

How can I replace my Maine fishing license?

Anglers who lose or damage their recreational fishing license can order a duplicate in the same way they initially ordered the license. Regardless of whether or not it is a resident freshwater fishing license or non-resident freshwater fishing license, a duplicate fishing license will cost $2.00.