Fish for free this week



ELLSWORTH – People who register may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways until this Sunday, Feb. 21.

Governor Janet Mills this month signed an executive order creating Free Fishing License Week, which began this past Saturday.

“Exploring the great outdoors in Maine is a healthy and safe way to spend time during the pandemic,” said Mills. “As an avid angler myself, it is my hope that this week of free fishing will encourage Maine people to enjoy the outdoors.”

To participate, register online at www.mefishwildlife.com/icefishing. Any person who registers may fish for free without a license except those who have had their license suspended or revoked. All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. The dates coincide with public schools’ February vacation.

“No matter your age, spending time outside can boost your physical, mental and emotional health, which is more important now during the pandemic than ever before,” said Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso. “Ice fishing is an excellent opportunity to get outside safely this winter and I encourage everyone to take advantage of Free Fishing License Week to do so.”

Last year, over 345,000 people were licensed to fish in Maine and fishing contributes over $370 million to Maine’s economy.