Tag Archives: Moosehead Lake

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 […]

Moosehead derby changes rules after successful effort to cull number of small togue

Bill Maynard holds lake trout that he caught in Moosehead Lake in March of 2009 as Lyle the beagle looks on. Maynard's fish was 41 inches long and weighed 29.67 pounds. Maynard didn't catch the fish during the annual togue derby, but there are likely other monstrous fish available for this year's participants.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Maynard)

The relationship between anglers and state fisheries biologists can sometimes be a bit strained. Anglers spend a lot of time on the water, after all, and think they’ve got their own personal fishing holes figured out. Biologists are responsible for managing hundreds and hundreds of lakes and ponds, and often encounter resistance from local “experts.” […]

Dexter man wins Moosehead derby with 6.6-pound togue

Anglers flocked to the state’s largest lake over the weekend for the 7th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby, and a Dexter fisherman took home $1,500 for catching the largest lake trout during the three-day event. Tim Obrey, regional fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, reported that the weather didn’t always […]

Purely anecdotal report: Birds aplenty

Brad Allen, the biologist who serves as bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has given me plenty of good advice over the years. Among the nuggets of wisdom that he (and other state biologists, for that matter) have handed out is an explanation of how biologists think … and […]

Got a fish story? Share it here

Every now and then, one of my bosses asks me how we can increase Internet readership among outdoor enthusiasts. The answer to that question is remarkably simple, I have learned. Somebody — you, perhaps — has to catch a big fish. Then somebody — like me — has to post a photos of that lunker […]

Moosehead fisheries efforts paying dividends

Tim Obrey and his fisheries colleagues in the Moosehead Lake region have spent the past several years addressing a problem with no easy solution. There were too many lake trout, or togue, for the forage base that existed in the state’s largest lake. As a result, Obrey, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s regional […]

Anglers haul in the togue at Moosehead derby

Ice anglers flocked to Moosehead Lake over the weekend for the fifth edition of a neat cooperative effort with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that has had a measurable impact on fisheries in the state’s largest lake. The Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven back in 2008 after fisheries biologists tried […]

Greenville angler tells his big trout tale

Earlier this week I received an email that I knew readers would find interesting: In it, Bob Hamer, executive director of the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, shared photos of an angler with a pretty hefty brook trout. Many readers like photos of big fish. Many of those same readers like to see photos […]