Tag Archives: Maine ice fishing

Anglers cash in at annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Chris St. Amand shows off the 5 pound, 13.4 ounce landlocked salmon he caught to win $1,500 at the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bernier)

The ice may be iffy in other parts of the state, but anglers flocked to the northern part of the state over the weekend to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes during the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Derby chairman Paul Bernier reported that a record 893 anglers registered for the event. […]

Fishing derby organizers rewarded with recent cold snap

Nathan Paradis of Biddeford (left), with former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven, caught this 20.66-pound lake trout to win the 8th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven last weekend. The fish was 37.5 inches long. Citing concerns about ice conditions, derby organizers have added a weekend to this year's event.  (Photo courtesy of Tim Obrey)

After mild weather in December and early January left ice anglers on dry land, a week of frigid weather has socked in many of the state’s lakes and ponds, and organizers of upcoming fishing derbies have exhaled a collective sigh of relief. The derbies, it appears, will go on. “I certainly feel a lot more […]

Penobscot’s 2015 salmon run the highest since 2011

An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway at Brookfield Energy in Milford Wednesday. After more than three decades capturing Atlantic salmon at the Veazie Dam, that operation has moved to Milford, where a new fishlift was unveiled in 2014. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

The Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot River, the lone Maine river with a significant salmon run, have been dwindling in recent years. After a solid year in 2011, when 3,125 salmon returned and were counted, the yearly totals dropped to 624 in 2012, 381 in 2013, and an all-time low (since 1978) in 261. […]

Big ice fishing derbies on tap for this weekend, perfect conditions expected

Rich Rossignol of Madawaska shows off the 7-pound, 14.2-ounce landlocked salmon that topped the field in the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby Jan. 26-27, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bernier)

When organizers decide to stage ice fishing derbies, they’re taking a leap of faith. Their hopes: The ice will be thick enough to be safe … people will show interest in showing up or supporting their cause … and the weather won’t be nasty enough to scare folks away. When two of the region’s largest […]

Big fish landed at Long Lake derby

With a record number of registered anglers participating in the 9th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby over the weekend, the chances of being one of the lucky few who cashed in on the $12,500 prize pool weren’t too good. Three fishermen didn’t worry about those long odds, as each placed among the top three […]

Wardens caution anglers that ice may not be safe

The weather is getting colder, and when temperatures drop down into the single digits again, it’s easy to forget the extended thaw that we just emerged from. But forgetting the rain and warm weather might get you into trouble, as sections of many of the state’s lakes and ponds remain unsafe. The Maine Department of […]

Ask your loved ones to be safe on the ice this winter

With snow on the ground and a few frigid days behind us, we’re nearing the point of our late-pre-winter when Mainers start doing things that get themselves killed. It happens every year. Unfortunate. Tragic. But true. Lakes and ponds are “making ice,” as we say, and many of us are eager to get out there […]

Want to go fishing? Free weekend on tap, derbies abound

If you’re looking to spend a day on the ice and like to add the spice of competition to your fishing adventures, this is the weekend for you. Fact is, you probably won’t be able to throw a snowball without hitting a fishing derby organizer this weekend. A pair of factors have turned this weekend […]

Meeting on First Roach Pond ice fishing scheduled

If you spend any time fishing lakes near Greenville, you may want to let state officials know what you think about a fisheries proposal that will affect First Roach Pond. First Roach Pond is a 3,270-acre pond in Frenchtown Township, northeast of Greenville. It reaches a maximum depth of 123 feet. Tim Obrey, regional fisheries […]