H.P. 530 - L.D. 737
An Act to Extend the Open Water Fishing Season
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §7552, sub-§5-A, ¶D, as amended by PL 1995, c. 406, §9, is further amended to read:
D. The commissioner by rule
shall may extend the open-water fishing season through the month of November in lakes and ponds that are managed primarily for warm water sport fish in the following counties: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington and York as long as such an extension does not pose a threat to the fishery. Rules adopted under this paragraph may include provisions that establish catch-and-release-only restrictions on landlocked salmon, trout, togue and bass.
Sec. 2. Report. The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife shall report to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on any rule-making activities undertaken or anticipated pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 7552, subsection 5-A, paragraph D. The report may be made orally or by letter, but must be made no later than February 15, 2000.
Effective September 18, 1999, unless otherwise indicated.
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