Smelt

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Excellent, apparently they smell like watermelon or cucumber when they come out of the water.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 50

  • Closed Seasons from March 15th, 2018 to June 15th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

  • Additional Notes
    Regulations are for sea run rainbow smelt.

    Zone 1: From the New Hampshire border to Owl's Head Light in Rockland. It shall be unlawful to fish for, take or possess smelts, except by hook and line through the ice, while ice is present. It shall be unlawful to fish for, take, or possess more than 4 quarts of smelts per day.

    Zone 2: East of Owl's Head in Rockland to Naskeag Point in Brooklin. From March 15 to June 30, both days inclusive, it is legal to fish for smelts in the coastal waters of the State using hand dip net or hook and line. During this season the bag limit is 1 quart. No smelt fishing on Tuesday's and Wednesday's. From July 1 through March 14, both days inclusive, it is legal to fish for smelts in the coastal waters of the State using hook and line. It shall be unlawful to fish for, take, or possess more than 4 quarts of smelts per day.

    Zone 3: East of Naskeag Point to the head of tide on the St. Croix River. From March 15 through June 30, both days inclusive, it is legal to fish for smelts in the coastal waters of the State using hand dip net or hook and line and the bag limit is 2 quarts. From July 1 through March 14, both days inclusive, there is no bag limit but fishers are limited to hook and line or hand dip net.

    The sale of fish by recreational anglers is prohibited.

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit = 4 liquid quarts No minimum size limit. Head and tail must remain intact.

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit = 4 liquid quarts No minimum size limit. Head and tail must remain intact.

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