Maine Revised Statutes

§12456. Open seasons; exceptions

1. Open seasons. 
[ 2009, c. 214, §4 (RP) .]
1-A. Open seasons.  The commissioner shall establish open seasons for fishing, except as provided in this section and section 6140-A, subsection 4.
A. The open-water fishing season on boundary waters between Maine and New Brunswick is from April 1st to September 30th, inclusive. [2015, c. 301, §33 (AMD).]
[ 2015, c. 301, §33 (AMD) .]
2. Exceptions.  Notwithstanding the open seasons established under subsection 1-A:
A. A person who holds a valid Maine fishing license may take smelts for recreational purposes only from the inland waters or portions of inland waters that are naturally free of ice with a dip net in the usual and ordinary way from noon to 2:00 a.m. in accordance with bag limits established by rule. Bag limits established by rule under this paragraph are for a 24-hour period, beginning at noon on a given day and ending at 11:59 a.m. the following day. The commissioner may prohibit the taking of smelts under this section or shorten the noon to 2:00 a.m. smelt fishing timeframe by rule for enforcement or conservation purposes.
(2) A person may not take smelts with a dip net unless that dip net meets the requirements under section 10001, subsection 12-A.
Each day a person violates subparagraph (2) that person commits a Class E crime; and [2013, c. 588, Pt. A, §17 (RPR).]
B. [2009, c. 214, §6 (RP).]
C. [2009, c. 214, §6 (RP).]
D. [2009, c. 214, §6 (RP).]
E. In accordance with section 10104, the commissioner may change the established opening date of an open season if, in the commissioner's opinion, the change is necessary due to earlier-than-normal seasonal temperature changes or weather conditions. [2013, c. 3, §2 (NEW).]
[ 2013, c. 588, Pt. A, §17 (AMD) .]
3. Rules.  Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
[ 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §244 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 414, §A2 (NEW). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2003, c. 655, §B244 (AMD). 2003, c. 655, §B422 (AFF). 2005, c. 237, §2 (AMD). 2007, c. 695, Pt. C, §3 (AMD). 2009, c. 214, §§4-6 (AMD). 2013, c. 3, §§1, 2 (AMD). 2013, c. 73, §1 (AMD). 2013, c. 588, Pt. A, §17 (AMD). 2015, c. 301, §33 (AMD).