Maine Closes Spring Smelt Fishery

Some large smelts killed in a pond reclamation. Photo ME Fish and Wildlife.
Some large smelts killed in a pond reclamation. Photo ME Fish and Wildlife.

Lincoln County News: In order to allow Maine’s smelt fishery to recover from a decline in abundance in the southern half of the coast, the Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced the closure of the state’s spring smelt fishery from Stonington to the New Hampshire border, beginning March 14 [2014].

“This closure will impact those who dip smelts in our coastal tributaries for recreational purposes,” said Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher. “Smelt are particularly vulnerable at this time as they move into these areas to spawn. What few smelt camps that remain on the Kennebec and its tributaries will be exempt from this closure.”

Read more about the closure of the spring rainbow smelt fishery in Maine.