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Hyla versicolor- The Gray Tree Frog

Posted on | May 29, 2015 | No Comments

Big Daddy Gray Tree Frog hanging out at camp on Memorial day. Do you know what his call is? Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bzotS1ow0Q
Test your knowledge of all the Maine frog calls at this USGS site https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/Frogquiz/

Free Fishing Weekend!!

Posted on | May 29, 2015 | No Comments

Free fishing weekend will take place on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, when any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked.

All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. For more info go to: http://www.maine.gov/…/free-fishing-weekend-in-maine-and-t…/

Here’s some tips on Catching & Releasing Fish:

By carefully following these simple instructions, you can release your fish unharmed. If you enjoyed catching your fish, so will the next angler!

1. Time is of the essence. Play and release the fish as quickly and carefully as possible. An exhausted fish may be too weak to recover. Please, do not “overplay” your fish!

2. Important: Keep the fish in the water. Minimize or eliminate the time your fish is out of the water – as little as 30 seconds of air exposure can cause delayed mortality of released trout, or the fish may be subject to a “quick freeze” during the winter months.

3. Always wet your hands when it comes time to handle the fish. Dry hands are much more likely to remove a fish’s layer of slime that protects the fish from fungus, bacteria and parasites.

4. Photographing your fish can be stressful. Prepare for taking photos with your fish safely under the water surface. When lifting the fish out of the water, do it for 5 second intervals or less. Try to get the shot (within reason), but return your fish to the water for a rest between attempts.

5. Be gentle. Keep your fingers away from the gills. Don’t squeeze the fish. Please, never drag a fish onto the bank!

6. Choose the right landing net. Rubber nets are easier on the fish than traditional twine nets.

7. Remove the hook with small pliers or a similar type tool. If the hook is deeply embedded or in a sensitive area such as the gills or stomach, cut the leader close to the snout. Make an effort to use regular steel (bronzed) hooks to promote early disintegration. Do not use stainless or gold-plated hooks.

5. To revive a fish once it is back in the water, hold it in a swimming position in the water until it is able to swim away.

6. Togue (lake trout) often have expanded air bladders after being pulled up rapidly from deep water. If the belly appears expanded, release the fish from the hook first, then gently press your thumb along the stomach near the paired belly fins and move it forward a few times to remove air from the bladder. Finally, proceed to revive and free the fish.

One good way to aid you in releasing your fish quickly is to use barbless hooks in the first place – or bend the barbs over – or simply file them off!

“If you enjoyed catching your fish, so will the next angler!”

Lake Warden Justin Twitchell

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on | May 23, 2015 | No Comments

It is hard to believe that Memorial Day Weekend is here, it seems just yesterday we were complaining about all the snow and cold.  The last couple of weeks have gone by very fast and had provided us with some great weather, just last weekend I saw a few kids swimming.  With the water surface temperatures hovering right around 60 degrees I think I might wait just a bit longer to take the first plunge of the year.  The warm weather has brought out many fisherman and the lake saw it’s first bass fishing tournament during the last weekend of April.  During the last week or so I have seen a great deal of kayakers and paddle boarders as well.

     All the navigational aids are in…..with the exception of the “swim area” buoys on Norton pond. The town of Camden has placed the swim area string buoys off the beach and will be placing the swim dock very soon.  Each year when the buoys are placed out on the water I use all new rope and each knot is taped with electrical tape at the base of the weight and at the base of the buoy. This may be a little “over-kill” but I have yet to lose a buoy. It takes aprox. 450 feet of rope and 5 rolls of tape to complete this project each year.
     By this time of year, after all the projects are done the boat is every color but white.  This past week-end I pulled the boat and brought it over to the Rockport Town garage and gave it it’s Spring cleaning (Rockport has a great industrial heated pressure washer). A few bottles of bleach and a few hours later the boat was once again white-er (just in time for it to turn yellow from all the pollen). On the way back to the Lake I stopped by Adventure Advertising and had them place an “A” on the boat that fell off some time last fall.  They were kind enough to complete this task at no charge. The Patrol Boat is back in the water and looking like new ready for the Summer to get underway.
     Before long the the boat ramps will be a buzz of activity, all the favorite picnic and swimming spots will be filled and the constant hum of outboard engines will be heard from daylight to dark.  Before venturing out on the water please be sure that your vessel is registered, this years registration stickers are Green.  Make sure you have enough life vests on board to accommodate each person in your vessel and always operate with safety as your first priority.  If you are going to be using a paddle board please remember that a PFD is required.  And please remember that when operating a motor boat with-in 200 feet from shore you must be at “Headway Speed”. (the slowest possible speed but still being able to maintain control and steering of your boat”.
     There are new laws that are in effect as it pertains to the use of lead fishing tackle.  Before going out check your tackle box and remove any lead sinkers, jigs or lures to avoid being in violation.  These new laws can be found at the Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web-site and on the Lead Sinkers page .
     Cody Laite and I will be out all Summer long monitoring activity on the Watershed.  I look forward to seeing you all out on the water and please have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

 

Lake Warden
Justin Twitchell

Fire Danger Still Very High

Posted on | May 8, 2015 | Comments Off

Please be very careful with any fire.  No Burn Permits are being issued due to the very dry conditions in the area.  Here’s a link to a news story about a fire in Searsmont yesterday.  The helicopters and fire crews were back this morning trying to keep it from flaring up again. http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/large-woods-fire-fought-ground-air-searsmont-thursday/52547

So be careful with any fire outside, including grills and barbecues,  until we get some substantial rain.

Lost An Found

Posted on | May 8, 2015 | Comments Off

From Lake Warden Justin:

Attached are two photos of a section of dock that was said to have made it’s way through the causeway between Norton and Megunticook, floated under the bridge, and ended up on shore across from the Lerner place.  Cody and I pulled it out of the water so it would not continue its journey down the lake.
If anyone can identify it’s owner please advise so I can make contact with them and ensure it’s safe return.
Thank You
Justin Twitchell
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and a few wildlife pics:
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Early May Boat Ride

Posted on | May 4, 2015 | Comments Off

It was a little hazy and chilly (47) this morning but the lake was like glass and I couldn’t resist hopping in the boat for a quick ride with Clare. Here’s a few pics.

Paul

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Posted on | March 17, 2015 | Comments Off

If for nothing else, I like St. Paddy’s Day because of the Kelly Green.
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There’s not a whole lot of green happening around the watershed in March.

However, Lake Warden Justin reports some open water around the Little Fang Islands, so please be cautious if you venture in that direction. The water levels are low which causes the rocks to be exposed. The sun beats down on them they warm up and melt the ice around them. So be careful out there and let’s take it as a sign of spring!

A few other items:

Go to our website for a list of upcoming events: http://www.megunticook.org/index.php/upcoming-events-in-the-area/ These include the Penobscot Bay Stewards program offered by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. deadline for applications are April 1. the application and more info are on our website.

We also posted some more critter cam shots on the website!

We measured the amount of water in the snowpack last week and relayed that info to the United States Geologic survey and the town of Camden’s Dam Agent. The watershed is averaging 7.4″ of water in the snowpack. We haven’t had that much at this time of the year in over a decade. To put that in perspective, imagine we had a 3 day rain storm during the summer with a total of 7″ of rain. That would be one heck of a gully washer! So, to reduce the chance of flooding, let’s hope for a nice gradual snowmelt with no warm rainstorms.

Finally, don’t forget to put an entry in for this year’s “Ice Out Contest”. Send your educated guesses to LakeWarden@Megunticook.org or P.O. Box 443, Camden ME 04843. It could be a tough year to call. So far Justin has received guesses ranging from April 18th to May 1st.

Paul

 

Critter Cam Pics

Posted on | March 5, 2015 | Comments Off

WARDEN’S REPORT- HEAT WAVE!

Posted on | March 5, 2015 | Comments Off

Warden’s Report

Heat Wave!

Yesterday’s temperatures really started to get the blood pumping, kinda makes me think that there is such a thing as Spring and that it might actually make it’s way here at some point.  I have moved more snow and logged more hours behind a shovel this year then any year I can remember.  BUT….there are only 16 more days until Spring is here (so my calender says) and this week-end Daylight Saving Time begins.

     Keeping the snowmobile dug out and ready to go at a moments notice has proven to be a full time job as well but I have been able to get out and put a few miles on.  I have been working with Warden Merrifield this year in an attempt to buckle down on ice shacks that are not properly posted with the owner’s name and address.  To date, there is one on Megunticook and one on Norton that are in violation, each of these have been photographed and I have even left a nice friendly reminder note in each one advising the owner of the violation.  I am in hopes that the owners will comply on their own and hope even more that the shacks will not need to be removed with the boat.
     The “Critter Cam” is more active then ever and I think the deer can feel the change in the air.   Just about every time I am out on the sled I can see deer moving across the lake or around the shore lines.  Last weeks “Critter Cam” pictures provided 1,818 pictures in just six days, I think I have it in a good spot.
     Tuesday night’s storm left us with a small amount of snow but that snow was heavy and wet. With warmer weather (hopefully) coming our way, existing snow will be getting heavier and more packed.  For any of you who have not had the time or the means to clean the snow off your camp/cottage yet, now may be the time to try to make arrangements to get this done.  Luckily most of our storms have brought light fluffy snow, but a bunch of it. If we start to put some of this heavy wet snow on top of that it might be the “straw that breaks that camel’s back”.
     The “Ice Out” contest is out and is posted on our web page,  on our Facebook page, and in the paper as well.  The entries have already started to pour in with guesses ranging from March to May……This year there is a very generous prize for both first and second place so don’t forget to post your guess to “lakewarden@megunticook.org” , pick the day AND the time ice will go out and win a prize.  I will also be calling the date for “Ice Out” on Chickie as well, where there will be a prize given  (offered by the newspaper).
     On Sunday, March 8th the Knox County Fish And Game Association will be hosting their annual Ice Fishing Derby.  This will be held at Beaver Lodge in Hope.  For more information check out their web page.
Start preparing yourself for mud.

Justin

Ice- Out Contest!

Posted on | February 27, 2015 | Comments Off

Megunticook Lake Ice-Out Contest
The Megunticook Lake Watershed Association is once again sponsoring an “Ice Out” contest. The person who guesses closest to date and time the ice goes out on Megunticook Lake will win a $100.00 gift certificate from The Hatchet Mountain Publick House restaurant in Hope and a year’s subscription to the Camden Herald. The Second best guess prize is a $50.00 gift certificate from Maine Sport. “Ice Out” is called when a boat can navigate in open water from the outlet dams to the Ken Bailey Bridge where Norton Pond empties into the lake. Contestants can send their entries to LakeWarden@Megunticook.org or P.O. Box 443, Camden ME 04843. It is suggested that entries be in before midnight March 22, 2015; but if you are a gambling sort we will accept entries up to 24 hours from the Ice-Out time. Please, one entry per person. Our Lake Warden, Justin Twitchell, will call “Ice Out”. When sending your entry please include your full name and contact number. Good Luck!

Here’s a list of Ice-Out dates and times and a few pics from Maiden’s Cliff in 2013 just before the big day.

19808-Apr199720-Apr(11:20 a.m.)
198130-Mar199831-Mar(12:30 p.m.)
198220-Apr199930-Mar(4:22 p.m.)
19836-Apr20001-Apr(6:25 p.m.)
198420-Apr200125-Apr(5:38 a.m.)
19854-Apr200229-Mar(10:45 a.m.)
19866-Apr200320-Apr(3:00 p.m.)
198713-Apr200417-Apr(12:35 p.m.)
19889-Apr200514-Apr(4:00 p.m.)
198913-Apr200628-Mar(5:30 p.m.)
19907-Apr200724-Apr(11:45 a.m.)
19916-Apr200817-Apr(6:34 p.m.)
199221-Apr(4:30 p.m.)200913-Apr(2:40 p.m.)
199323-Apr(8:15 a.m.)201019-Mar(5:02 p.m.)
199416-Apr(10:44 a.m.)201114-Apr(9:50 a.m.)
19953-Apr(6:05 p.m.)201219-Mar(1:25 p.m.)
199612-Apr(7:50 p.m.)201310-Apr(4:55 P.M.)
201415-Apr(9:55 A.M.)

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Megunticook Watershed Association
P.O. Box 443, Camden, ME 04843
Paul Leeper
Executive Director
email:information@megunticook.org
207.592.8540

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The Megunticook Watershed Association (MWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of lakes, rivers and estuaries. Our organization and our members play an important role in keeping this wonderful resource available for recreation by locals and visitors to the midcoast region.

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