April 6, 2013

Deirdre Fleming: Open-water fishing never needs to be closed for any season

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The big news in this region is all about the records set by the IFW staff netting northern pike in Pushaw Lake. It does not bode well for the Penobscot River and its tributaries.

On just their first day, biologists netted and killed 31 northern pike in the lake, Kramer said. The biggest catch for an entire trap-net season is 78, so they're on track to shatter that mark.

And the pike they're collecting are small, 10 to 12 inches in size, which could mean many future predators for brook trout in the watershed.

"It's discouraging. The population is really starting to take off. It's good information but we aren't kidding ourselves. We are not controlling the population, it's controlling us," Kramer said.


Moosehead Lake has a full 2 to 3 feet of ice, so this year it's looking like a traditional ice-out, around the third or fourth week of April.

Biologist Tim Obrey said anglers in the region do best to hit the East Outlet of Moosehead Lake for open-water fishing now.


Considering Kramer is heading north with his ice traps, that tells you all you need to know about The County.

The statewide open-water fishing report covers all seven regions of the state. It runs semimonthly from April through September in the Maine Sunday Telegram Outdoors section.

Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at:


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