As winter progresses and the state’s lakes build up increasingly thick winter coats, it’s time to start thinking about ice fishing.
Over the coming weeks, plenty of fishing derbies are planned on area lakes and ponds.
Here are a few options:
• The 47th annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby is on tap for Feb. 13-14 on Schoodic, Ebeemee and Seboeis lakes. Cash fish prizes totaling $1,255 are up for grabs, as is $9,600 in shore prizes.
Proceeds benefit the Milo Fire Department. For more information, call 943-2303.
• The second annual Swan Lake Ice Fishing Derby, organized by the Belfast Area High School Outing Club, will be held on Feb. 21.
Tickets are available at Belfast-area businesses or can be obtained by calling Chris Bartlett at 338-1790 (extension 335) or sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Bucks Mills Rod & Gun Club will hold a derby on Silver Lake in Bucksport on Feb. 15. The weigh-in will take place at the boat landing.
• The Mike Sabins Memorial Youth Fish and Game Organization will hold its third youth ice fishing event at Ayer Park in Union from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Feb. 21.
Equipment will be provided for free and refreshments will be served and children are encouraged to attend the event with an adult.
For more information or to help at the event, call Scot or Mary at 785-4076.
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