Togue time on West Grand Lake

Posted June 04, 2013, at 10:22 a.m.
Framed through the arch of a fishing rod, Jonathan James of Eddington adjusts fishing lines on West Grand Lake, Sunday during the weekend Togue Fishing Derby on West Grand and Pocumcus Lake.
Terry Farren
Framed through the arch of a fishing rod, Jonathan James of Eddington adjusts fishing lines on West Grand Lake, Sunday during the weekend Togue Fishing Derby on West Grand and Pocumcus Lake.
On West Grand Lake, fishermen work for the prize during the weekend Togue Fishing Derby sponsored by the Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerence. The derby also encluded Pocumcus Lake.
Terry Farren
On West Grand Lake, fishermen work for the prize during the weekend Togue Fishing Derby sponsored by the Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerence. The derby also encluded Pocumcus Lake.
With sunlight fading over West Grand Lake, a few fishermen point the bow of the boat for Grand Lake Stream, Saturday afternoon. The weekend Togue Fishing Derby also encluded Pocumcus Lake.
Terry Farren
With sunlight fading over West Grand Lake, a few fishermen point the bow of the boat for Grand Lake Stream, Saturday afternoon. The weekend Togue Fishing Derby also encluded Pocumcus Lake.
A pair of fisherman soak in the sun while fishing the West Grand Lake fishing derby, out of Grand Lake Stream. The weekend derby also encluded Pocumcus Lake.
Terry Farren
A pair of fisherman soak in the sun while fishing the West Grand Lake fishing derby, out of Grand Lake Stream. The weekend derby also encluded Pocumcus Lake.
At the boat landing in Grand Lake Stream, Michelle Ferland and her son Ben both of Lincoln, display a catch of Togue they caught Saturday while entered in the West Grand Lake Fishing derby. The weekend derby also encluded Pocomcus Lake, and was designed to reduce the number of small Togue in the two Lakes, leaving healthy fish overall. Evidence gathered from regional fisheries biologist Gregory Burr's scale showed that goal was accomplished.
Terry Farren
At the boat landing in Grand Lake Stream, Michelle Ferland and her son Ben both of Lincoln, display a catch of Togue they caught Saturday while entered in the West Grand Lake Fishing derby. The weekend derby also encluded Pocomcus Lake, and was designed to reduce the number of small Togue in the two Lakes, leaving healthy fish overall. Evidence gathered from regional fisheries biologist Gregory Burr's scale showed that goal was accomplished.

Anglers flocked to West Grand Lake and Pocumcus Lake over the weekend to take part in the West Grand Lake Fishing Derby. The target: lake trout, or as they’re commonly called in these parts, togue. Framed through the arch of a fishing rod, Jonathan James of Eddington adjusts his lines. Later, at the boat landing, Michelle Ferland and her son, Ben — both of Lincoln — show off a nice stringer of togue. State fisheries officials encourage the take of small lake trout in West Grand so that other fish will have enough feed to thrive and grow large. The top winner in the derby (somewhat embarrassingly) was the photographer who submitted these shots, former Bangor Daily News employee Terry Farren. Farren landed a laker that weighed about 6½ pounds and won $1,000 for his efforts.

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