New App for Anglers Helps Simplify Fishing Regs

By Jayna Smith

Keeping rules and regulations straight can sometimes be difficult, but if you like to fish in any of Maine's 6,000 lakes and ponds, there's now an easier way to make sure you are not breaking any laws.  This is thanks to a new app called Maine Fishing Regulations created by Mainer Ron Cote.   

According to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW), fisheries management is necessary to keep a balance with impacts of habitat changes, fishing pressure for different kinds of fish, the desires of different anglers for the kind, numbers, and size of the fish they would like to catch, and the biological potential of the waters to grow and support the kinds, size, and numbers of fish that anglers want to catch.  Thus, rules can certainly vary among Maine's lakes and ponds.

Cote says Android users can simply search "Fish Maine" on Google Play to find the Maine Fishing Regulation App.  Those iPhone users will be happy to learn that the app will be available for them soon as well.  

The app, available for $3.99, downloads right to your phone.  This means you do not have to have an internet connection to use the regulation guide.  This, of course, prevents the burden of flipping pages through the state's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife book.  

The rules governing a specific lake or pond will be simple to access.  The app also works on your smartphone's GPS so you will know right where you are, as well as have use of the apps depth maps through a link when internet is being accessed.

"We are excited for Mr. Cote and the new Maine fishing rules app," said Mark Latti, who is responsible for communications and outreach for IFW.  "The fishing app has the potential to be a useful tool for any angler who fishes in Maine."

Latti adds, "Anglers do need to be aware, however, that the department's Open Water and Ice Fishing regulation book is the only definitive source of regulations, since as required by state law, this book is filed with the Secretary of State's Office annually.  Anglers should always check the department's law book before fishing on any Maine water."

Latti also provided the law in "title 12" designating the law book as the official book of rules:

 Title 12, §12452. Consolidation of rules

Fishing rules as set forth in the Open Water and Ice Fishing Regulations folder, as printed and distributed to the public, are declared to be official consolidations of fishing rules upon filing with the Secretary of State, except that the 150-day limit of Title 5, section 8052, subsection 7, paragraph B does not apply to this section.[2009, c. 214, §1 (AMD).]