Great news for all you anglers out there. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has opened the Open Water fishing season in Maine two weeks early. Above normal temperatures and the lack of ice made this possible.

According to the Maine IF&W:

The early open water fishing season does not apply to waters with special season opening dates starting after April 1, 2016. This rule does not close any body of water currently open to ice fishing or open any water to ice fishing that is currently closed to ice fishing.

Even better, the fishing is going to be amazing right now:

The lower than average snowfall also means that rivers and streams are at low springtime flow levels, making for easier fishing.

Anglers are likely to find more fish available in waters that were stocked last fall. Poor ice conditions meant less time for ice fishing, leaving many trout and salmon that normally would have been caught in the winter still there for spring anglers.