Can you warm up while ice fishing with a campfire on the ice? We did a little research to get to the bottom of this burning question.

Maine is finally seeing a stretch of cold weather, aiding in freezing over lakes and ponds. Areas of the state had a slow start to the season, as this winter has featured a rollercoaster of mild and freezing temps. Now that the deep freeze of winter is here, staying warm on the ice is key to an enjoyable day. A popular topic that pops up in online ice fishing groups, can you have a fire on the ice?

According to state statues, it's legal.

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Here's how its written on MaineLegislature.org:

"Permissible open burning without permit. When not prohibited by state rule, local ordinance or water utility regulation, the following types of burning are permissible without a permit if no nuisance is created:

A. Recreational campfires kindled when the ground is covered by snow or on frozen bodies of water."

You also need to burn your fire on something, like a barrel cover or portable fire pit. In addition, all the debris from the fire needs to be completely cleaned up. If not, you can be fined for littering.

In other Maine fishing related news, wildlife officials expanded a weekend of free fishing, into a week. According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Feb. 13-21 anyone can fish Maine waters without having to purchase a license. The Free Fishing License Week is open to both Maine residents, and non-residents. Lean more, here.

Stay safe, and happy fishing.

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