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.

The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation is committed to keeping you updated on the latest news from around our sport. The challenges we face will always be present and prompts us to remain vigilant in our efforts beyond tournament fishing. We must continually elevate public awareness of our organization and the various roles the Maine Nation plays within the community. As advocates for conservation, youth and community service, we should always look for opportunities to promote the good will of the organization. When coupled with charitable efforts across the Maine Nation and the economic impact members bring to communities, our organization plays an important role in the betterment of the future, environment and society.

Plastic Lure Weigh In Contest

Maine Bass Club Soft Plastic Lure Weigh In Save all your used soft plastic lures and weigh them in at the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Fish Off Sept 9-10, 2017 on Long Lake/ Brandy Pond. Prizes awarded by JACKALL.

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.

Bronzeback Mainiacs Inspect 42 Bass Boats

Boat inspectionBronzeback 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 on September 9.

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.

The Bronzeback Mainiacs club is committed to helping the LEA and the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department in collecting data. We have sent all data to the appropriate IFW person in charge of receiving said data.

You can also see this article in the 2010 Milfoil Newsletter

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation's Plastic Recycling Program

Options for proper disposal l Where are the recycle canisters or collection programs near you?

The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation has adopted a plastic bait recycling program. The program asks anglers to save their used plastic baits after a day on the water, collect them all and place them in a zip lock bag. Club members then can bring them to the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation monthly meetings and Dick Gaudreau, Conservation Director will have them shipped to a dealer where the lures will be recycled into new plastics.

Plastic Lure and Line Disposal Tubes

Lure or Line recycle tubesEnvironmentally friendly, simple, inexpensive yet very effective plastic lure and line disposal tubes that you or your club can make and use at your tournaments so anglers can dispose of plastic baits properly or you can send those plastics to companies that will recycle your line or plastic baits for redistribution.

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation clubs have placed containers at some of the states launches that are used to collect any discarded 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, and is in the process of building a new program to lead this effort worldwide.

We are 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


128th Legislature Committee Information

128th Legislature Committee On Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Cross Building, Room 206 Listen Live l Maine State Legislature Legislative Session Information l l Representatives

The Maine Lead Law, use and definitions

Link to te Legislative page info was taken from

Unlawful use of lead sinkers and bare lead jigs

1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

A. "Bare lead jig" means an unpainted lead jig that contains lead and that: (1) Weighs one ounce or less; or (2) Measures 2 1/2 inches or less in length.

B. "Lead sinker" means a device that contains lead that is designed to be attached to a fishing line and intended to sink the line and that:

(1) Weighs one ounce or less; or (2) Measures 2 1/2 inches or less in length. "Lead sinker" does not include artificial lures, weighted line, weighted flies or jig heads.

2. Unlawful use. This subsection governs the use of lead sinkers and bare lead jigs.

A. A person may not:

(1) Use a lead sinker; or (2) Beginning September 1, 2017, use a bare lead jig.

B. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.

C. A person who violates this subsection after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.

Ban on Plastic Baits, we need to educate the public

Report on Plastic Lures - Presented By: Dana DeGraaf – Fisheries Biologist, IFW

Ban of soft baits in Maine hearing on 2/28, basically it looks like we're looking at pushing the education and collection/recycling of used plastic baits since it is more of a littering problem as the report states. Report stated that bass tournament water bodies were not the problem.

The report favored the plastic recycling program the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation's has been involved in over the last few years. The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation will continue to work in leading the way to educate the public and move forward with our recycling efforts as we have been doing.

LD 730 An Act to Protect Maine's Loons by Banning Lead Sinkers and Jigs

LD 730 Public Law as written