Winter weather has finally arrived!

Many waters throughout the State have seen lighter angler use than normal due to poor ice conditions at the start of the season… That means waters stocked with brook trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, splake, and rainbow trout should continue to see fast fishing action through February. Check the stocking report to find a water stocked near you. This cold stretch should continue to improve ice conditions but remember, frozen waterways are never 100% safe. Always check the ice for yourself and use caution.

February 18-19, 2023 is Free Fishing Weekend! Invite a friend, neighbor, coworker, or that buddy who hasn’t fished in years for a fun day on the ice.

For more information on where to fish and tips from Maine’s fisheries biologists, read the February Fishing Report at

Enjoy your day on the ice, and remember these tips
There is no question, ice fishing is a large part of Maine’s outdoor heritage. Enjoy your ice fishing trip, and remember:

Leave no trace – Carry out all that you carry in.
Park in public or designated areas – Don’t block paths or other roads. Be mindful of muddy, soft road conditions.
Respect private property – Utilize public access sites or areas where you have permission to park or access.
Be prepared – Check the weather, bring what you need for the day, and let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
Take care of your catch – If you are practicing catch and release, do so quickly and responsibly. If you harvest your catch, please bring it home with you.

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