Now that we’ve turned the calendar page and are headed into February, ice fishing options are abound, and organizations are busily planning on-ice events for their members and guests to enjoy.
Today I have a pair of interesting outings to tell you about. One’s not competitive in nature, but the other is. Both are all about getting outside and having fun on the ice with others.
First up is a winter fun day being staged on Chalk Pond in Beddington by the Downeast Salmon Federation. The event will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 (snow date: Feb. 17).
According to a DSF press release, the organization has preserved 2,400 feet of frontage on the southern end of Chalk Pond on the Narraguagus River as part of an effort to conserve 35 miles of river frontage on Down East rivers.
Visitors are invited to come by to do some ice fishing and bird watching. A warming fire, hot dogs and smoked fish will be provided, and volunteers will be on hand to help those who are new to ice fishing. DSF members will meet those unfamiliar with the area at Airline Snack Bar at 12:30 p.m.
The pond is accessible off Route 193 in Beddington.
On the competitive side of the ledger, The University of Maine Fishing Club is holding a fishing derby on Pushaw Lake on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Tickets are available at umainefishingclub.com or at Old Town Trading Post, and derby day tickets can be purchased at Gould Landing in Orono, which will serve as derby headquarters.
Fishing begins at sunrise and anglers must be in line for the weigh-in by 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for those age 17 and under, and $5 for UMaine students.