Recreational Saltwater Fishing

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Complete information on recreational angling regulations for these species, and others, can be found by visiting or by contacting the Maine Department of Marine Resources, 32 Blossom Lane, 21 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0021, (207) 624-6550.


There are several species of migratory fish (such as shad, river herring/alewives, striped bass, and sea-run Atlantic salmon) that are regulated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources and may be found in the inland waters of Maine.

Know the S-33 Code

Maximum length limit on Landlocked Salmon and Brown Trout: 25 inches

Sea-run Atlantic salmon occur in many of Maine's inland waters where landlocked Atlantic salmon and brown trout may also exist. Sea-run salmon are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and therefore may not be fished or harvested. Sea-run salmon exhibit a variety of color phases (see pictures) from black to silver to brown, and can look similar to brown trout and landlocked salmon in coloration. Therefore, establishing a 25 inch maximum length limit (S-33) on waters where adult sea-run Atlantic salmon may occur ensures anglers will not inadvertently "take" a misidentified endangered fish. Any sea-run Atlantic salmon incidentally caught must be released immediately, alive and uninjured. At no time should sea-run Atlantic salmon be removed from the water.