2021-2022 Special Fishing Laws

These special fishing laws were taken from the Maine IFW page in December 2021. To verify current laws for Moosehead Lake and surrounding bodies of water, please be sure to check the Maine IFW Special Laws website.  We cannot be held responsible for any changes to these laws, and will update periodically, however we strongly suggest you check the laws before fishing.

For complete rules, please visit the Maine IFW Fishing Page.

MOOSEHEAD LAKE, Greenville, etc. (North Zone).

Ice fishing: Moosehead Lake. General fishing laws apply, except: B (Open to ice fishing and open water fishing from January 1 - April 30). S-1 (Closed to the taking of smelts), S-11 (The use or possession of live baitfish/live smelts is permitted), S-21 (Daily bag limit on brook trout [includes splake and Arctic charr]: 1 fish; minimum length limit: 14 inches). All brook trout between 18 and 22 inches must be released alive at once. No minimum length limit on togue. Daily bag limit on togue: 5 fish (only 1 togue may be greater than 18 inches). Closed to the taking of landlocked salmon until February 15: S-22 (Daily bag limit on landlocked salmon: 1 fish); minimum length limit on landlocked salmon: 18 inches. From January 1 - February 14 and from April 1 - April 30, all landlocked salmon caught while ice fishing must be released alive without removal from the water. From April 1 - April 30: All brook trout caught while ice fishing must be released alive without removal from the water.

CLOSED AREAS:

- That portion known as Spencer Bay;

- That portion from the mouth of Tomhegan Stream to a straight line between 2 red markers, 1 set on the small point of land on the north shore of Tomhegan Cove approximately 1/2 mile from the mouth of Tomhegan Stream, the other set on the small point of land on the south shore of Tomhegan Cove approximately 3/4 mile from the mouth of Tomhegan Stream;

- That portion from the mouth of Moose Brook to a straight line between 2 red markers, 1 set at the south shore of Moose Brook Cove, the other on the north shore of Moose Brook Cove on a line passing inside the islands in Moose Brook Cove;

- That portion from the mouth of Socatean Stream to a straight line between 2 red markers, one set on the northerly shore of Socatean Bay at the camp site known as the Ledges, the other set on the westerly shore of Socatean Bay on a line passing just outside Wiggin’s Island;

- That portion from the mouth of Williams Brook in Big W Township to a straight line between 2 red markers, one set on the land of Hermon Brautigan on the south shore of Williams Cove and the other in a northeasterly direction on the opposite shore, Piscataquis County;

- That portion inside of the red markers located at the mouth of Moose River;

- That portion of Lily Bay with a west border running in a straight line between 2 red posts, one located on the Lily Bay State Park boundary and the other on Sugar Island to the west of Dollar Island. The east boundary in a straight line between 2 red posts, one located just south of Porcupine Point on Sugar Island and the other on Laker Point near the mouth of Mathews Cove on a line running south of Two-Mile Island.

Open water fishing: Moosehead Lake and Tributaries (Upstream to red markers or the first rail or road crossing). General fishing laws apply, except: S-1 (Closed to the taking of smelts), S-11 (The use or possession of live baitfish/live smelts is permitted), S-21 (Daily bag limit on brook trout [includes splake and Arctic charr]: 1 fish; minimum length limit: 14 inches), S-22 (Daily bag limit on landlocked salmon: 1 fish). All brook trout between 18 and 22 inches must be released alive at once. No minimum length limit on togue. Daily bag limit on togue: 5 fish (only 1 togue may be greater than 18 inches). For additional regulations and exceptions to the above, see entries for the following: Kennebec River, East and West Outlets; Moose River; Roach River, Lily Bay Brook and Moose Brook; and Socatean Stream.