General information about halibut. Saltwater recreational fishing registry info if you need help deciding which license you need contact your marine patrol office or 207 624 6550 if you have a problem opening or using any of these applications please contact the dmr webmaster.
For the actual law see chapter 34 groundfish.
Recreational halibut fishing maine. Canada has a commercial fishery for atlantic halibut that fishes on the southern grand banks and scotian shelf. Guide businesses and marinas can re open by complying with guidelines fishing registration license requirement. 2009 summary of maine new england and canadian fisheries history research and assessments ms powerpoint file 44 slides 4 73 mb or.
Puget sound marine areas 5 10 will also re open with additional fishing days. Atlantic halibut are bottom dwellers preferring a sand gravel or clay covered substrate rather than one blanketed by soft mud or rock. For information call 1 207 624 6550.
Maine saltwater recreational fishing news. Halibut tag order form attached to this page. This temporary waiver is in conjunction with the maine department of inland fishery and wildlife waiving the requirement for a fishing license.
Reminder about circle hooks for striped bass and bluefish may 4 2020. If you have any question regarding recreational fishing please contact bruce joule at the department of marine resources 207 633 9500. Updated covid 19 checklist charter boat industry june 3 2020.
Who needs to register. Recreational halibut tag applications can be downloaded at. 6 opening of coastal halibut recreational fishing which was previously delayed due to the covid 19 pandemic.
Atlantic halibut must be immediately tagged with a maine state recreational tag or released. Wdfw the washington department of fish and wildlife today confirmed its aug. Anglers must use 14 0 15 0 or 16 0 circle hooks.
Tags must remain attached through arrival at the fish s final destination. All retained halibut shall immediately be tagged with an approved landings tag. Maine commercial and recreational halibut rules and compliance guide for 2020 pdf file 6 pages 205 kb order commercial or recreational halibut tags.
Halibut though slow to bite are known to put up a strong fight and are excellent to eat. Similar gulf of maine species. Waters a fishery focused on halibut is a thing of the past but small catches are allowed in commercial and recreational fisheries from maine to connecticut.
2020 recreational halibut tags are blue with a red plug. Saltwater recreational fishing registry effective march 20 2020 through april 30 2020 the requirement to join the state s saltwater registry is waived. Although it looks a bit different from the typical halibut season that anglers might be used to this approach continues.
For additional information see 2019 maine marine recreational sportfishing regulations.