AUGUSTA — Winter fishing season has arrived in Maine, but wildlife officials are warning anglers that ice conditions may not be totally safe.

New Year’s Day kicks off the start of Maine’s ice fishing season, when fishermen fish through holes in the ice.

For the first time, the state is also allowing fishermen to cast their rods in open waters of lakes, ponds and streams during the winter months. State regulations were changed last spring to allow for open-water fishing during the winter.

Wildlife officials say late ice formation and early ice-out will no longer keep anglers from fishing.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has produced an online magazine on its www.maine.gov/ifw/ website that describes the different winter fishing rules around the state.


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