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Keep America Fishing


Keep America Fishing

The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation asks you to send your letters(we prefer letters in your own words) personal or form letters to the Maine Legislatures for issues to help us Keep America Fishing.

Maine Lead Law, use and definitions

Maine Lead Fishing Law

Pledge to Pitch It


Pledge To Pitch It

I pledge to pitch my worn-out soft plastic baits into a trash can or appropriate recycling canister and NOT in the water.

Invasive Aquatic Species Program

Invasive aquatic species are introduced exotic flora and fauna that displace native plant and animal communities. Infestations result in habitat disruption, loss of property values, diminished water quality, reduced fishing and water recreation opportunities and significant expense for mitigating these environmental costs. Read more >>




Make an impact through conservation. Keep lures out of the lakes and rivers and extend the life soft plastic fishing baits.

Maine Boat Inspections Hit Record Numbers

In 2012 over 81,000 boat inspections were conducted on 117 water bodies in Maine. Maine Bass Clubs had conducted 8% or 6,500 of them! Nice job by all those involved.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Visit and sign up on their website l Reports and Data for each State l Tracking the Capitals l 2018 SPT and-GSC Map

Since 1989 the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.

The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.

CSF’s stature as the sportsmen’s leader on policy issues has steadily grown through active involvement within the hunting and fishing conservation community, including staff leadership and engagement in the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports (CAHSS), National Fish Habitat Partnership Board (NFHP) and FishNet at the national level, and Families Afield and the Sunday Hunting Coalition at the state level.

Additionally, CSF is represented on federally chartered advisory councils (FAC) dealing with hunting, recreational fishing, and wildlife management: the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC) and WHHCC Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC), The Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council, and the Marine Protected Areas FAC.

Keeping Bass Alive

A Guidebook For Tournament Anglers & Organizers Second Edition Copyright 2009 BASS®, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Thirty-five years ago, B.A.S.S. introduced the catch-and-release concept to tournament bass fishing. Post-tournament survival of released bass has increased significantly since then as technology has improved and angler knowledge has increased. B.A.S.S. has played a key role in publicizing the development and use of state-of-the-art fish-care techniques. The first edition of Keeping Bass Alive was a milestone publication that became the standard that anglers and tournament directors looked to for information.

In this second edition, our objective remains the same - to provide anglers with information to maximize the survival of bass that are caught and released during tournaments. We have created a guidebook that can do just that. This version of KBA hits the highlights. Anglers and tournament organizers can find more detail in the web version on Here is the link to Keeping Bass Alive (PDF)

What's Happening in Maine

JACKALLMaine soft plastic collection


Maine Bass Club Soft Plastic Lure Weigh In contest is over. Congrats to Eagle Bassmasters who had the most weight, and second place went to Androscoggin Bassmasters. All clubs collected used soft plastic lures for recycling and weighed them in at the 2017 Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Fish Off . Prizes awarded by JACKALL

Lure and Line Collection Tubes

Collection Tubes

Environmentally friendly, simple, inexpensive yet very effective plastic lure and line disposal tubes. Maine B.A.S.S. Nation clubs have placed containers at some of the states launches that are used to collect any discarded plastic baits or line that you may have. The lures and line are collected and discarded properly.

Berkley has a long history of promoting and facilitating fishing line recycling. Berkley is expanding the Fishing Line Recycling Program to involve more states and federal agencies in fishing line recycling. FMI on these tubes and the design or products needed to build these contact us

Bronzeback Mainiacs inspecting boats

Boat Inspections

Bronzeback Mainiacs inspect 42 bass boats three inspectors from the Bronzeback Mainiacs, a bass fishing club based in Lewiston, check a boat at the Denis Grondin Memorial Open Bass Tournament.

The club’s certified inspectors checked 42 boats prior to launching and prior to removal from tournament waters (Androscoggin River/ Gulf Island Pond). They found absolutely no plants on boats, trailers, or live wells. The photo shows how clean this bass boat was before it launched. I can attest that all the bass anglers I know (over 350 of them) have boats that are that clean and even cleaner. We take great pride in our investments. Read the Milfoil Newsletter >>