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Granted it is during the middle of tourist season, all Mainers can relax and enjoy a day of fishing even if they do not have a fishing license. The State of Maine is offering a free weekend of fishing for all Mainers.

In the State of Maine, a few times per year there are free fishing weekends offered. This is where anyone is allowed to fish without having to get a fishing license prior. Next month will be the second weekend this year in which we see a free fishing weekend here in Maine.

Earlier this year, on February 19th and 20th, we had our first free fishing weekend to celebrate the final weeks of winter. Get ready, because on June 4th and 5th there will be another free fishing weekend. So yes, this weekend in June a fishing license will not be required, however, all other laws and regulations will apply on these days.

If you are wondering where you should go fishing, I got you covered. Well, maine.gov has you covered. On their website, you can find all you need to know about the outdoors in Maine as well as fishing and boating. If you need some education on fishing or types of fish that you can find, that is a great place to look. You can check out local and updated fishing reports across the state and figure out where you want to be your next fishing spot.

As I've mentioned above, there are still rules during the free fishing weekends. Granted you do not need a fishing license to go fishing the weekend of June 4th and 5th, if you have had your fishing license revoked or suspended, you are not allowed to partake in the free fishing weekend.

15 Must-Have Items For Ice Fishing Season In Maine

Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.

Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.

Take a Photo Tour of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is celebrating five years of providing education and information about the city's most vital industry. While these photos can give you an idea of what it's all about, the exhibits are interactive and hands-on, so check it out for yourself.

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