Thursday, March 8, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Maine Striper Fishing Reports Page


FEDERAL REGULATION 2018
It is unlawful to fish for, take or possess striped bass in 
Federal waters (waters greater than 3 miles from shore).
STATEWIDE REGULATIONS
OPEN SEASON
January 1 through December 31, inclusive (except the Kennebec watershed, see below).
BAG & SIZE LIMITS A person may take and possess 1 fish per day. The fish must be 28 inches or greater in total length. TOTAL LENGTHTotal length is a straight line measurement from the lower jaw to the tip of the tail with the tail pinched together. DISPOSITION Personal use only, sale is prohibited. Fish must remain whole and intact.
GENERAL GEAR RESTRICTIONS
Hook and line only, no gaffing of striped bass.
No bait allowed when using treble hooks.
It is unlawful to use multiple (more than two) barbed or barbless treble hooks on any
artificial lure or fly while fishing for striped bass in territorial waters.
• It is unlawful to use any hook other than a non-offset circle hook when using bait.
Exception: Rubber or latex tube lures may be used without a circle hook as long as they are a minimum of 8 inches long and have a single hook protruding from
the end portion of the tubing where bait may be attached.

ILLEGAL LEGAL Total Length 28
SPECIAL KENNEBEC** REGULATIONS
(including the Sheepscot and Androscoggin Rivers and all related bays and tributaries)
CATCH & RELEASE SEASON WITH SPECIAL GEAR RESTRICTIONS From May 1 through June 30, inclusive. Fishing in this area is restricted to single hooked* artificial lures only and use of or possession of marine alive, is prohibited.
OPENSEASON July1throughNovember30,inclusive.
CLOSEDSEASON StripedbassfishingisprohibitedfromDecember1through April 30, inclusive.
(* may be a single treble hook)
** The Kennebec watershed is defined as all coastal waters inside and upstream of a line drawn from the outer extremity of Cape Small, in Phippsburg, to the outer extremity of Salter Island, thence to the outer extremity of Cape Newagen, in Southport. This area includes the coastal waters of Popham Beach and the adjoining State Park, Reid State Park, and all riverine waters of the Kennebec, Sheepscot, and Androscoggin Rivers including all bays and tributaries of those rivers to the head of tide. Due to the removal of Edwards dam, the “head of tide” in the Kennebec River is now at the downstream side of the power line located approximately 4,200 feet upstream of the Calumet Bridge at Old Fort Western in Augusta (formerly the Father Curran Bridge) for enforcement purposes.
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES
Marine Resources Laboratory
PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575-0008 Telephone (207) 633-9500
Fax (207) 633-9579 

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