New way to track fishing rules

DIF&W has a new online system that allows you to access fishing rules and other information by body of water.

You can access this info here:

And here’s the announcement from DIF&W.

 Open water fishing season is underway in Maine and we’re pleased to share Maine’s Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool (FLOAT), an online map-based tool that can be accessed from your computer or your smartphone, giving you access to fishing regulations for all your favorite fishing waters.

 Our fisheries staff have worked diligently with a web developer to categorize all of Maine’s inland waters, which allows our laws to be integrated into an online interactive map of fishing regulations.

 With the online angling tool, you can quickly locate a body of water, determine the fishing regulations, download a PDF of those regulations if you wish, and even identify your location and the body of water you are on with a GPS-enabled phone. 

 The map-based program shows waters with general fishing laws as blue on the map, and waters with special fishing regulations appear red on the map. For more information on the special regulations, you can click on the red area and the regulations will appear.

 It’s easy to use, just visit the online angling tool on any desktop or mobile web browser. You can get started in a moment using the quick start instructions and the “Take the Tour” button.

 Mobile users should be aware that this is a web-based tool that requires Wi-Fi or cellular data access. You can download a link right to your phone so you can access the online angling tool with the touch of your finger.

The online angling tool is designed to aid anglers by visually displaying Maine’s fishing laws.

If you need to find the official and legal source of laws, please consult our digital or printed law book.

 We wish you a safe and enjoyable season in Maine! 





George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.