IFW Ice Fishing Report For December 22, 2016

Anglers can find the 2016 fishing law book (http://www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing/) and the 2017 fishing law book (http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/laws/index.htm) online.

If you would like more information, or need questions answered, please call the Regional Fisheries Office: Region A – Gray (207) 657-2345

Region A – Sebago Lakes Region

The early season cold has made for some excellent early season ice fishing opportunities in the southern part of the state.

“There are a lot of people out already, and there is more than a couple of inches of ice on the smaller ponds. A lot of the bigger lakes are still open in the middle, but the shoreline and coves have frozen over,” said IFW Fisheries biologist Jim Pellerin.

If you are looking for some good early season fishing for trout, try these ponds: The Otter Ponds in Standish, Littlefield Pond in Sanford, Barker Pond in Lyman, Knights Pond in Berwick, Hall Pond in Paris, Moose Pond in Acton, and Worthley Pond in Peru.

If you are looking to take the kids fishing, try Round Pond in Lyman and Lower Hinckley Pond in South Portland

“On some of these ponds, like the Otters, anglers are doing great already,” said Pellerin, who noted that these ponds were stocked with trout that range from 12-15” in length with a few bigger ones as well.

Pellerin advises that if you are looking to fish for brookies, remember to fish shallow, in water that is five feet deep or less. Use small bait, such as worms or small shiners, and don’t be afraid to use a small jig as well.

If you are looking to fish for some rainbows, head on over to Stanley Pond in Hiram, Norway Lake in Norway, Little Sebago in Gray, the Ranges in Poland, or Crystal Lake in Gray. Most of these ponds are a little larger but should have some good ice and fishing for rainbows by the first of the year.

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