Maine IFW has some rule proposals out for comment. Some of these affect the Ice-Fishing ban in the Rangeley Lakes area. Proposals include removal of the existing bans at several Rangeley locations and permitting the use of live bait, which could increase the likelihood of introducing invasive species to those waters, and subsequently downstream.
The complete list of IFW proposals is available here. Ice fishing modification proposals begin on page 11.
If you would like to comment on any or all of the IFW proposals, the deadline is August 5, 2021. Comments may be sent to: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, or by email to email@example.com.
For more perspective on the proposed changes, please read the article below from the March 2007 edition of The Maine Sportsman.