Maine Seeks Changes to Striped Bass Regulations

Maine is seeking changes in the state’s striped bass regulations to limit mortality in the recreational fishery.

The proposed rulemaking would:

  • Require no more than 2 barbed or barbless treble hooks on artificial lures or flies
  • Require the use of circle hooks when fishing natural bait
  • Add rules to eliminate “high-grading” (the discard of a smaller fish if a larger fish is caught later in the trip)
  • Clarify that the sale of wild striped bass in Maine is prohibited and that these rules apply when fishing in Maine territorial waters

Details of the proposed rule changes are available online at:

Department of Maine Resources

Individuals and fishing groups may also submit written comments on the rule changes.

  • The deadline for written comments is November 29.


  • Contact: Pat Keliher (207-287-9973)

Mail Written Comments to:

  • Department of Marine Resources, attn. L. Churchill, PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575-0008
  • E-MAIL:
  • (207-633-9584)

Department of Marine Resources

Notice of Agency Rule-Making Proposal (PDF Download)

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