The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s annual spring Family Free Fishing Days will be Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5.

This free fishing event is open to any person except those whose license has been revoked or suspended. All fishing regulations on gear, bait and bag and size limits apply. For a complete list of fishing regulations, including limits and sizes, go online at and click on “fishing.”

“One of my fondest memories is when I was [age] three and my grandparents took me fishing for the first time,” said MDIFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock. “That experience began my life-long appreciation for Maine’s outdoors. What stories of fishing together will you and your child share when they’re older? Why not go make those memories during Family Free Fishing Days?”

Family Free Fishing Days were not May 28-29 as incorrectly printed in the Ice and Open Water Fishing Law Book.

Fishing is one of the most popular activities in Maine, drawing thousands of residents and out-of-state visitors to the state’s nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds and nearly 32,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Approximately 286,000 people annually purchase fishing licenses in Maine, and the sport has a $300 million impact on the state’s economy.

This weekend will be the last of two free fishing weekends offered this year.

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