New Regs Proposed for Moosehead Brook Trout Fishery

In an effort to protect the population of trophy brook trout that exist in Maine’s Moosehead Lake, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has proposed a new regulation for the start of the 2021 season.

While the 14-inch minimum length limit and one-fish bag limit would remain the same, all brook trout between 18 and 22 inches would have to be released. Anglers would still be able to harvest a single trophy fish over 22 inches. The slot limit would essentially protect the lake’s three- to five-pound brook trout. In addition, the Dept. is proposing a winter closure of the Lily Bay Narrows area (see map), where large brook trout gather to spawn in the shallows.

The map shows the proposed area of Lily Bay that would be closed to winter brook trout fishing. The closed area would fall between the red and blue lines.