Maine Adopts New Lead Jig Regs

Lead Jigs, photo/New England Boating
Lead Jigs, photo/New England Boating

Bangor Daily News: In an effort to protect Maine loons, the state has recently adopted new regulations on fishing tackle, and even stricter regulations are scheduled to be enacted next year [2017].

Specifically, these regulations were created to protect loons from lead poisoning, a deadly condition that has been documented as one of the main causes of loon mortality in the Maine.

It is now illegal to sell a bare—unpainted—lead jig for fishing that weighs 1 ounce or less, or measures 2½” or less in length, because of regulations set into effect on Sept. 1. As of September 2017, the use of these bare lead jigs also will be banned.

Read more about the new fishing regulations that ban the use of unpainted lead jigs in Maine.

Lead Jigs, photo/New England Boating
Lead Jigs, photo/New England Boating

Bangor Daily News: In an effort to protect Maine loons, the state has recently adopted new regulations on fishing tackle, and even stricter regulations are scheduled to be enacted next year [2017].

Specifically, these regulations were created to protect loons from lead poisoning, a deadly condition that has been documented as one of the main causes of loon mortality in the Maine.

It is now illegal to sell a bare—unpainted—lead jig for fishing that weighs 1 ounce or less, or measures 2½” or less in length, because of regulations set into effect on Sept. 1. As of September 2017, the use of these bare lead jigs also will be banned.

Read more about the new fishing regulations that ban the use of unpainted lead jigs in Maine.