Category Archives: Maine IF&W

Free Fishing Mother’s Day Weekend

Cast a line and celebrate the special moms in your life

Mother's Day free fishing license weekend May 8-9

During Mother’s Day Free Fishing License Weekend, May 8-9, 2021, everyone is encouraged to cast a line and enjoy Maine’s many waterways with the special moms in their life.

On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) who registers may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days. 

This free fishing license weekend is in addition to the semi-annual free fishing weekends. June 5-6, 2021 is the next scheduled free fishing weekend.

We hope you have a memorable weekend fishing with the special individuals in your life. Remember to be safe: tell someone where you are going, and when you plan to return, and ALWAYS wear a life jacket when on the water – the water is extremely cold this time of year.


23 March 2021: Maine IF&W Soft Plastic Lure Survey

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has put out a survey on the use of soft plastic fishing lures in Maine waters. These lures are particularly popular with Bass fishermen, and I use them myself. However, if you’re not using them and disposing of them correctly, they can constitute a hazard to fish. If you fish with soft plastic lures, please consider taking this survey. If you want to know more about soft plastic lures and how to use the correctly, here’s a great link with lots of information about soft plastic lures: Fishing with Soft Plastic Lures.

The following is an excerpt of an email that I received today with a link to the survey: Continue reading

04 March 2020: Volunteer for the Maine Turtle Roadkill Survey

I received an email about an Interesting program from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. I’m always stopping to help turtles across the road. This is the first I’ve heard of this particular program!

Volunteer for the Maine Turtle Roadkill Survey

Our partner Maine Audubon is embarking on an exciting effort to identify where turtles might be at risk of harm from traffic as they move across the landscape during the active season, and we are hoping you will help! 

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to walking along pre-selected road segments, documenting any roadkill or live animals at risk of harm from the roadway. The routes are all less than one mile long, and we are asking for data to be collected once a month, at least 3 times during the active season of May through September. Continue reading