June 23, 2018
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Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge putting on annual fishing derby

By Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News

LIMESTONE, Maine — Friends of the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge will once again be opening up Delima Pond for the group’s annual fishing derby; anglers ages 16 and under are encouraged to cast their lines in the contest on Saturday, June 11.

Last year 23 anglers reeled in about 100 fish from the stocked pond on a drizzly afternoon.

With the fish biting, rain or shine, this year’s eighth annual derby is gearing up to be an excellent opportunity for fresh air and fishing.

Though the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge was affected by a sewage leak in early May, site contamination has been neutralized by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and pathogen levels at the site are back to normal, according to refuge officials.

“The pond is so far upstream from the sewage leak that there’s no possibility of any contamination,” said Steve Agius, assistant manager of the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge.

Further assuring fish and fisherman safety is the fact that Delima Pond is stocked with hatchery-raised brook trout the day before the derby.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and fishing takes place 9-11:30 a.m. Weigh-in is open until 11:30 a.m.; awards and prizes will be presented between 12 and 12:30 p.m.

Additional information about the derby can be obtained by calling 328-4634.

The Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge is located at 97 Refuge Road in Limestone.

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