STRICT FISHING REGULATIONS ON FISH RIVER LIFTED AT LAWMAKERS’ URGING
Only general fishing regulations now apply to Fish River in Fort Kent
AUGUSTA—Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash and Democratic Representative Ken Theriault of Madawaska have convinced the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council to ease regulations on Fish River in Fort Kent.
“Before, it was difficult for kids to fish in the river that runs through the heart and soul of our community,” said Senator Jackson. “I am pleased to say now the residents of Fort Kent and Aroostook County can reap all that Fish River has to offer without any unnecessary restrictions.”
In 2003, Senator Jackson sponsored a bill to increase the types of legal fishing on Fish River and the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council agreed to change the rules. In 2013, however, the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council reapplied the severe restrictions, limiting fishing on the river to fly fishing.
Roger Belanger of Fort Kent brought this to the lawmakers’ attention and after consulting with a biologist, Senator Jackson and Representative Theriault were able to restore the previous general regulations to allow the community of Fort Kent and Aroostook County to thoroughly enjoy the river.
“This will encourage young people in the St. John Valley to enjoy fishing close to home in an area that’s easily accessible,” said Representative Theriault. “Without unnecessary regulations, fishing can remain an affordable pastime.”
The strict fishing regulations ceased on June 23.