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Fisheries Biologists Encourage Anglers to Harvest their Catch

If you have ever been fishing, either open water or ice fishing, it is likely you have heard someone say, “let them go and watch them grow.” While this catch and release message was important several decades ago when we saw more fishing pressure and higher harvest rates by anglers (and may still help some fisheries), other present day fisheries (and in Maine’s case, many fisheries) rely on harvest by anglers to maintain healthy fish populations and to achieve size quality management goals.

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What are Maine’s fisheries biologists doing on the ice?

When you see the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife patch on the ice, it isn’t always a Maine Game Warden. Fisheries biologists spend the winter collecting important fisheries data by conducting winter creel surveys on the ice.

New 2021 Fishing Regulations for Moosehead Lake

We will be operating under new regulations when the ice fishing season opens on January 1st, 2021 on Moosehead Lake. Recently, the brook trout population in Maine’s largest lake has seen significant improvement with many fish in the three to six-pound range caught both summer and winter.  It’s truly been an incredible few years.  I don’t think anyone can remember a time when we have seen this many quality/trophy wild brook trout come from one lake in Maine.

Is Your Catch Stocked or Wild?

The crisp morning air fills your lungs with oxygen and your soul with serenity and anticipation all at once. The water is flat and calm, depicting a perfect mirror image of the brilliantly colored foliage intermixed with deep evergreen that skirts the lake and makes you feel like you just fell into a watercolor painting. Each time you cast the line your heart jumps a little with anticipation of a bite and a sense of wonder surrounding what you might pull in from the depths.

A New Fishing Tool: FLOAT

I’m sure many of you have hit the road at the crack of dawn to start a fishing trip and realized you didn’t have your fishing lawbook. Did you go out of your way to stop by a gas station or town office hoping they’d be open and have a copy? Or turn around to head home and waste even more of your precious fishing time? To me, neither of those options are ideal, and I’d rather not worry about remembering the lawbook along with my fishing gear, life jackets, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray…the list seems endless. I guess I could put a copy in my boat that never leaves the boat and remains in pristine condition? Yeah right!

Brook Trout Protection - Blog One

By Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Supervisor, Moosehead Lake Region

Brook Trout Protection - Blog Two

We had two focal areas as we discussed the current Moosehead Lake brook trout fishery:

The Legends of Lily Bay - Blog Three

By Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Supervisor, Moosehead Lake Region

Brook Trout Protection – We All Play a Role - Blog Four

By Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Supervisor, Moosehead Lake Region

Fish don't enjoy heatwaves either...

By Director of Fisheries & Hatcheries Francis Brautigam