The following is an excerpt from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Jan. 16, 2007 ice fishing report. For more information or to view the complete report visit www.mefishwildlife.com.
Region G – Aroostook County
Biologists spent the weekend checking anglers on Big Eagle, Churchill, Spider, Big Pleasant, Clear and Ross lakes. Caution was exercised in traveling these lakes as open water persisted in the gut between Big Eagle and Little Round Pond and at John’s Bridge.
Ice over deeper water had a thickness of only three inches that had increased to six inches by Sunday. Slush had developed in various places along the shoreline. The trail from Zieglar parking lot to Big Eagle was rough and wet. Other snowmobile trails between lakes were travelable but will be greatly improved with additional snow. The warm temperatures of Friday cooled Saturday to zero on Saturday night. Although it was lightly fished as was expected due to the poor ice conditions, those fishing were successful in catching fish.
We would note that Chamberlain Lake is not in this region and remained free of ice much longer than those we were working. Anglers with Chamberlain Lake as a destination should check with the Greenville office for ice conditions on this lake. Do not assume that because sleds are traveling Big Eagle that travel on Chamberlain Lake is safe, also.
Ice conditions on lakes in the Fish River Chain remained variable. Two pick-ups went through the ice in Eagle Lake. Caution should be used when traveling on these waters. Biologists checking Long Lake on Monday indicated anglers were successful in catching fish. Our creel survey clerk reports ice thickness in the Houlton area improving to 6-12 inches but fishing remains slow.
To end this report, I would relate an incident that occurred this weekend that typifies all the good things about Maine people.
Friday, I ran into George and Dan fishing on Ross Lake. George is from Penobscot and Dan is from Albany Township. They have been fishing together now for several years – how they became fishing chums is another story.
On this particular trip to Ross Lake – their first ever – Dan’s sled trailer broke down shortly after crossing Abol Bridge on the Golden Road. They traveled back to Medway seeking to get a new trailer only to find the last one recently sold. The store owner suggested that they try Richard’s Sport Shop in Lincoln, so on they continued to Lincoln.
Successful in buying a trailer, they went back to Abol Bridge, reloaded their gear onto the new trailer and continued on to Ross Lake. The old trailer was going to be salvaged by Rick’s Sport Shop. A short way beyond Macannamac Camps on Haymock Lake, the tongue came off the new trailer due to faulty welding. As they were surveying the situation, a party of anglers came by and suggested that they travel back to Macannamac Camps and call the dealer in Lincoln.
Upon hearing the plight of the two fishermen and knowing they had just sold them the trailer, Rick’s Sport shop said they would be on their way with a new trailer.
At 7:30 p.m. the dealer showed up with the new trailer, offering their apologies and making things right. George and Dan reloaded their gear a second time and continued on to Ross Lake camps, arriving at 10:30 p.m.
On Sunday, the dealer flew up to Ross Lake to check on the men, making sure they had made it to camp and that the second trailer remained in good shape. That, my friends, is service you could only expect to get in Maine.
Dave Basely, regional fishery biologist