Types of Maine Fishing Licenses
No individual (resident or otherwise) is permitted to fish in Maine without a fishing license. The
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife offers the following permits to fish:
Freshwater fishing licenses
Saltwater fishing licenses
Freshwater Fishing Licenses in Maine
In accordance with the state rules and regulations for inland sport fishing, any ME angler must obtain
one of the following recreational fishing permits:
Resident combination fishing and hunting
Resident combination fishing and archery
Resident superpack (fishing, hunting and archery)
Resident one-day fishing
Servicemen resident fishing and hunting
Serviceman dependent fishing and hunting
Nonresident one-day, three-day, seven-day and 15-day fishing
Nonresident season fishing
Nonresident combination fishing and hunting
Alien combination fishing and hunting
Alien season fishing
Resident fishing licenses in Maine are generally more cost-effective. Furthermore, members of the
military in Maine and their close relatives may purchase fishing licenses at reduced rates as well.
To get a ME fishing license, visit the DIFW Online Sportsman's Electronic System, choose your
preferred license, enter your personal information and provide a credit card number. If you prefer
buying a fishing license in person, visit any Inland Fisheries and Wildlife agent across the state.
Note: Exempt from buying an ME fishing license are anglers younger than 16 years of
age and residents who fish on their own land.
Saltwater Fishing Licenses in Maine
ME saltwater fishing permits allow applicants to fish in state waters within the rise and fall of the
tide and within marine limits. If an angler wishes to sell his saltwater catch, he or she must obtain
a commercial saltwater fishing license. To buy saltwater fishing permits, contact the Department of
Marine Resources. The state department is responsible for conserving and developing Maine's marine
resources, whereas the Bureau of Resource Management strives toward sustainable freshwater and
saltwater state fisheries.
The following regulations apply to saltwater fishing for several types of fish:
The bag limit
The possession limit
The methods of fishing
The size of the catch
Anglers in possession of a lifetime freshwater fishing license can saltwater fish after registering in
the Department of Marine Resources' Saltwater Registry.
Note: Registration by lifetime freshwater fishing permit holders is required
To get more information about saltwater fishing in Maine, contact the Recreational Marine Fisheries
Program at: 207-633-9500.
Maine Fishing Education
Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife offers various programs, workshops and trainings
to avid anglers. Learn more about a couple of programs below:
Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs
Camp North Woods
One of Maine's most important youth educational programs, the Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs
program aims to address issues affecting young people in the state. Various workshops are organized
across ME that promote:
Positive alternatives to drug use.
Building self-esteem and communication skills.
Good problem-solving and decision-making skills.
The DIFW department offers hands-on educational opportunities to Maine youth. Camp North Woods is one
such program where students can learn the importance of preserving the state's natural resources along
with various types of fishing techniques. The following fishing workshops are available at Camp North
Maine Fishing Organizations
Numerous state fishing clubs and organizations offer anglers the opportunity to improve their craft,
find like-minded fishermen or support Maine's fishing heritage. Learn about these clubs and
Central Maine Bassmasters
The Central Maine Bassmasters' goal is to promote the mission of the global B.A.S.S. Nation fishing
club network. The club's activities include:
Organizing fishing tournaments.
Fundraising for fishing conservation.
Shoreline cleaning actions.
Promoting fishing among the youth.
Maine Youth Fish and Game Association
The MYFGA mission is to strengthen Maine's natural habitats and promote wildlife education to
students. The organization strives to present the importance and joys of the state’s nature to
children by organizing:
Family ice-fishing events.
Scientific survey outings with state biologists.
State sponsored trainings.
Annual fund-raising events.
Maine Coast Fishermen's Association
Led by anglers in the fishing industry, the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association campaigns for
protection and preservation of the state’s fishing heritage. The organization was founded with
the aim to accommodate the needs of the fishing communities whilst sustaining MA fisheries.