Long Lake derby produces nice fish

In yesterday’s Out There blog, I shared the results of the fifth annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby.

Today, it’s time to turn our sights a little bit farther north, and recognize the winners of the seventh Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby.

First, a bit of clarification: Although officially named after the lake where some of the state’s largest landlocked salmon can be caught, this northern Maine event is truly regional. In fact, the 601 registered anglers were spread across seven Aroostook County lakes.

In addition to Long, anglers could fish Cross, St. Froid, Square, Eagle, Glazier and Beau lakes.

And as you might guess, when you unleash 601 avid ice anglers onto that many productive waters, the results are pretty impressive.

Here are the results, as reported by the derby committee:

Jason Castonguay and the winning salmon.

Landlocked salmon, adult anglers: 1. ($1,500) Jason Castonguay, Wallagrass, 6 pounds, 9 ounces; 2. ($750) Jim Bouchard, 6 pounds, 1.4 ounces; 3. ($300) Tom Rouse, Amity, 5 pounds, 1 ounce; youth: 1. ($100, plus a $200 savings bond) Anthony Daigle, Madawaska, 5 pounds, 11.6 ounces; 2. ($75) Billy Blanchette, Madawaska, 4 pounds, 8.2 ounces; 3 ($50) Zachary Chasse, Fort Kent, 4 pounds, 1.4 ounces;

Steve Bossie and the winning togue.

Togue, adult anglers: 1. ($1,500) Steve Bossie, Fort Kent, 11 pounds, 12.4 ounces; 2. ($750) Zack Pinkham, town unlisted, 11 pounds, 6.4 ounces; 3. ($300) Nathan Gagnon, East Waterboro, 9 pounds, 1.4 ounces; youth: 1. ($100) Nathan Pelletier, Eagle Lake, 8 pounds, 2.6 ounces; 2. ($75) Jake Hebert, St. David, 6 pounds, 13.8 ounces; 3. ($50) Brody Albert, Fort Kent, 6 pounds, 10.4 ounces;

Theodore Lague with the winning brookie.

Brook trout, adult anglers: 1. ($1,500) Theodore Lague, Sabbattus, 2 pounds, 9 ounces; 2. ($500) Pete Daigle, Madawaska, 2 pounds, 5 ounces; 3. ($300) Andrew Gervais, St. Agatha, 2 pounds, 1.4 ounces; youth: 1. ($100) Austin Delisle, Wallagrass, 1 pound, 5.6 ounces; 2. ($75) Anthony Daigle, Madawaska, 1 pound, 1.8 ounces; 3. ($50) Isiah Sypien, Eagle Lake, 1 pound, 1.2 ounces

Muskie: 1. ($850) Krista Albert, St. Francis, 9 pounds, 15.3 ounces;

Cusk: 1. ($350) Steve Raymond, Hermon, 12 pounds, 2.8 ounces; 2. ($250) Steve Raymond, Hermon, 9 pounds, 5.6 ounces; 3. ($100) Kelly Cote, Conner Township, 8 pounds, 9.2 ounces;

Booby prize (most perch): 1. ($75) Justin Ouellette, Caribou, 254 perch.

According to derby chairman Paul Bernier, records were set for registrants, total sponsorship (more than $10,000), and donation to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund ($5,000).

A quick final note to other derby organizers: If you’ve got an event coming up, let us know about it. And after your derby wraps up, get in touch with me at jholyoke@bangordailynews.com to share your results with our readers.




John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.