This InfoSheet is number: 2020
NOTE: 2004 Regulations appear to be the same as 2002 Regs.
Summary: Summer 2002 - Boundary Water Fishing Regulations
(2002 Invasive Aquatic Plant Stickers)
The Chiputneticook Lakes and Streams
Monument Brook • North Lake • The Thoroughfare • East Grand Lake
Mud Lake Stream • Mud Lake • Spednic Lake • Palfrey Lake
NOTE: The Province of New Brunswick contends that anglers fishing INSIDE coves on the New Brunswick side of Boundary Waters must possess a valid New Brunswick Angling License and that those anglers are regulated by New Brunswick size and creel limitations (whether or not they possess a Maine license). The determination of what exact location constitutes "inside a cove" and what location constitutes being in "international boundary waters" is a matter of individual intrepretation...most specifically by each individual New Brunswick Ranger (warden)...as no official designation has been made on any official map published by the New Brunswick government. In general, New Brunswick Rangers consider that you are fishing inside their jurisdiction if you are mostly surrounded by New Brunswick shoreline...the deeper inside the cove you are, the more sure they are that you are in New Brunswick waters. Visit the East Grand Lake Drawing on this site and notice the colored coves that generally designate New Brunswick (purple) coves and, conversely, Maine (green) coves.
From the Maine DIF&W website: " Either a Maine or New Brunswick license will be honored while fishing on the main body of the above waters...fishing on these waters in any area or cove where jurisdiction can be determined by a straight line drawn between two points of land or fishing while positioned on shore or tied up to shore will require the appropriate agency [MEDIF&W or NBDNRE] license. Contact the Department for more information at 207-287-8000." [Emphasis and bracketed word, added.]
EDITOR's NOTE: I have never heard of a Maine Warden issuing a ticket to a fisherman carrying only a New Brunswick Angling License while fishing from a boat inside a "Maine cove," but I am aware that New Brunswick Rangers do issue summonses to fishermen who fish inside "New Brunswick coves" if they do not possess a valid New Brunswick Angling License. It is also believed that upon arrest, the unlicensed fisherman's tackle (and sometimes boat and motor) are seized and held until the summons has been adjudicated and any fine thus issued, has been paid.
When in New Brunswick waters, New Brunswick Regulations apply. Anglers must possess a valid New Brunswick Fishing License.
This SUMMARY is limited to the period from April 15th thru September 30th for the Chiputneticook Lakes Area of the Southwest Recreational Fishery Area:
Angling for Atlantic Salmon is not permitted.
Two (2) Landlocked Salmon
Minimum size (measure from tip of the nose to the fork of the tail) 35 cm
Maximum size (measure from tip of the nose to the fork of the tail) 48 cm Maximum size if tagged with an Atlantic Salmon Tag is 63 cm.
The lesser of five (5) Trout incl. Lake Trout (Togue) or 3.5 kg plus one fish
Minimum sizes: Brook 15 cm: Brown 15 cm: Rainbow 15 cm: Lake 45 cm
One (1) Fish between April 15 and June 30 - Minimum 25 cm overall length
Three (3) Fish between July 1and September 30 - Minimum 25 cm overall length
Live Release ONLY on Palfrey Lake, Spednic Lake and Diggity Stream
Please release all bass longer than 35 cm.
Eight (8) Whitefish (no minimum size)
200 Smelt by angling or dip netting
White Perch, Chain Pickerel, Spiny-Finned Fish including Landlocked Alewives are not mentioned in the regulations
Dead fish (except spiny fined fish) may be used as bait. Live fish (except spiny fined fish) that are taken from the waters being fished may be used as bait on Boundary Waters.
See the New Brunswick book of Fishing Regulations for other waters and species or visit:
When in Maine waters, Maine Regulations apply. Anglers must possess a valid Maine Fishing License.
Atlantic Salmon - Endangered Species - Possession is illegal
NOTE: Upward of 450-500 tagged Atlantic Salmon (released in the St. Croix River in the fall of 2001) are known to exist in Spednic/Palfrey Lake. If you happen to catch an Atlantic Salmon, please release it immediately, unharmed. If you are unable to release it alive, please contact Ms. Lee Sochasky of the St. Croix Intermational Waterway Commission (Box 610, Calais, ME 04619 OR #5 Route 1 Dufferin St. Stephen, NB E3L 2Y8 506-529-4909) who will scan the fish electronically to read the implanted tag (subcutaneous implant on the left side of the dorsal fin).
This SUMMARY is limited to the period from April 15th thru September 30th:
EQUIPMENT: Not more than one line per person.
LEGAL HOURS: From two hours before sunrise to two hours after sunset.
All fish taken must be killed immediately.
Landlocked Salmon - 14" minimum (35 cm) - Two Salmon maximum
Only one salmon may exceed 18"
Lake Trout (Togue) - 18" minimum (45 cm) - Two Togue maximum
Only one togue may be taken on East Grand Lake
Trout - 6" minimum (15 cm) - Five Trout maximum
NOTE: The COMBINED daily bag limit on salmon, trout and togue is five (5) fish, not to include more than two (2) salmon and two (2) togue (only one togue may be taken from East Grand Lake)...all five (5) fish may be trout.
The TOTAL WEIGHT of all of the above species may not exceed 7.5 pounds (3.5 Kg) per day (except that the last fish caught may cause the total weight to exceed 7.5 pounds)
Smallmouth Bass (Black Bass) - 10" minimum (25 cm)
Before July 1st - One Bass maximum - artificial lures ONLY
After June 30th - Three Bass maximum
St. Croix River from Mud Lake to Spednic Lake: Closed to the taking of bass.
Spednic Lake: Closed to the taking of bass.
White Perch - 25 Perch maximum
Whitefish - 8 Whitefish maximum
Smelt, Rainbow - 200 Smelt maximum
Under Maine Licenses, net dipping for smelt has been closed on all five of the Chiputneticook Lakes including their tributaries. Smelt may be caught and taken on hook and line only.
All Other Fish - No size limit - No creel limit
It is illegal to possess or use any "spiny-finned" fish including landlocked alewives and perch, alive or dead, as bait.
All fish taken must be killed immediately.
See the Maine book of Fishing Regulations for other waters and species.
Please observe the Water Safety Zone and the Headway Speed Limit
Watercraft MAY NOT be operated at greater than headway speed (speed necessary to maintain steerage and control) within the water safety zone (that area within 200 feet of the shoreline, whether the shoreline of the mainland or of an island) or within a marina or an approved anchorage except while actively fishing. If you are within 200 feet of any land, do not exceed Headway Speed.
When in International Boundary Waters: The regulations of the state/province that issued your fishing license, apply. Anglers must possess either a valid New Brunswick Angling License OR a valid Maine Fishing License.
Link to Maine Division of IF&W home page then look for a link to Boundary Waters between Maine and New Brunswick.
MAINE DIVISION OF INLAND FISH AND WILDLIFE - http://www.maine.gov/ifw/ - 207-287-8000
2002 Maine Invasive Aquatic Plant Stickers:
A boat registered in Maine and operated on Maine "inland" waters (including boundary waters), must have affixed to its hull (near the Registration Number) a valid 2002 "R" Sticker (one sticker on each side of the hull - the cost is $10.00 for a pair of stickers).
A boat registered in other states and operated on Maine "inland" waters (including boundary waters), must have affixed to its hull (near the Registration Number) a valid 2002 "N" Sticker (one sticker on each side of the hull - the cost is $20.00 for a pair of stickers).
A boat registered in New Brunswick or other provinces and operated on Maine "inland" waters, must have affixed to its hull (near the Registration Number) a valid 2002 "N" Sticker (one sticker on each side of the hull - the cost is $20.00 for a pair of stickers).
A boat, registered in New Brunswick or another province and which lands on a Maine shore must display a Maine Invasive Aquatic Plant "N" Sticker affixed to its hull (near the Registration Number - one sticker on each side of the hull - the cost is $20.00 for a pair of stickers).
Maine Invasive Aquatic Plant Stickers may be purchased anywhere that fishing licenses are sold and anywhere that a boat can be registered.
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