Maine Announces this Year’s Free Ice Fishing Weekend Dates
My first time ice fishing was a truly 80's experience.
Probably the thing I remember the most, was thinking how cool it was that a tire could burn for hours. Someone's dad built a fire right on the ice, inside the middle of an old tire. Can you imagine the can of worms you'd open these days if you tried to start a tire fire on the ice? It would be pure chaos.
The only fish I caught that day were a yellow perch and a sucker. Obviously, neither of those were worth keeping. But I do have a lot of fond memories of that day. I've only been ice fishing a handful of times since, because I hate the cold so much, hahaha. But among Maine's outdoor traditions, ice fishing is by far one of the best.
You and your family can try it for the first time for free in February.
Maybe you've been a few times and own a bit of the gear necessary to do some ice fishing, but your friends next door haven't. In a couple weeks, they can try it for the first time without the hassle of having to get all the necessary license. If you get one every year for summer, who cares. But if you're on the fence and don't want to spend the money, this is your chance.
According to a press release from Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the weekend of February 17th and 18th, folks can head out on the ice and do some winter angling, but not have to get their license. The MDFIW also does a similar event in the spring for open water fishing.
For a regular person, a fishing license would cost $25. If you're a non-resident, it's almost double that. Multiply that by the number of people in your fishing party, and you've all saved some good money. So if you've ever been on the fence about watching some flags, this is as good a time as any.
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