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4th of July, Fireworks, Annual Meeting, & Workshops

Posted on | June 30, 2015 | No Comments

Summer is here and things are getting busy. So here’s a few happenings and reminders:

4th of July Boat Parade will take place on Saturday July 4th at 4PM on Norton Pond.  Parade begins at Marriner’s float (look for a bunch of boats all decked out)!  So dress your boat and crew in your best patriotic garb and get in the parade!

Note on Fireworks-  Consumer fireworks are not legal in Camden.  Consumer fireworks can be used in Lincolnville around the Pond and Lake under the following:
(1) From April 1 to October 31, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m., with the duration of such use not to exceed one hour per day;
(2) July 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. on July 5; and
(3) the Saturday and Sunday immediately before and after July 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. on the following day.
If there is a high fire danger then no fireworks are allowed.

If your renting your camp, and you allow fireworks, be sure your renters know the rules.  Be safe, have fun, be nice to your neighbors!

46th Megunticook Watershed Annual Meeting-  The annual meeting of members will be held at Bishopswood Camp on July 7 at 7:00 PM.

Maggie Shannon, of the Maine Lakes Society will discuss our new LakeSmart Program.    LakeSmart, the flagship program of the Maine Lakes Society, is one of the most effective lake protection programs available today. The program provides waterfront homeowners with the landscaping tools to reduce harmful material from ending up in the water.  It recognizes waterfront homeowners who use natural landscaping strategies to protect the health of their lake.
LakeSmart’s now-familiar blue and white Award signs get posted at shorefront and roadside. They say, “A friend of the lake lives here.”

Come on out to Bishopswood, meet your fellow members, and learn how you can participate in Lakesmart.

Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops-  Two workshops are being offered in our region, by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
• Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop, Tue. July 14, 3PM to 9PM – Knox County, Bishopswood Camp in Hope. This workshop is hosted by the Megunticook Watershed Association.

• Invasive Plant Patrol Field Methods Workshop, Fri. July 17, 9:30AM to 2PM – Knox County, Hobbs Pond in Hope. This workshop is hosted by Hobbs and Fish Pond Association.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at vlmp@mainevlmp.org or (207) 783-7733 to register.

These are great workshops where you can learn how to identify aquatic invasive plants how to search for them on the water.  Sign up soon!

That’s all for now,  see you on the water!

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Introducing Critter Facts

Posted on | June 24, 2015 | No Comments

Hey folks,

We’re starting a page (Across the Top) called Critter Facts.  Members will be writing brief articles about critters in the watershed that interest them.  Check in often to see what’s up!  And if you want to share your knowledge of a certain critter send me a note at paul@megunticook.org .  The first one is about Mayflies, brought to us by Amy Campbell.

Here’s a taste:

St. Peter welcomed a new arrival at the gates of heaven. He said, “Congratulations, you have been selected to be reincarnated as a mayfly. Have a nice day!”

If people other than fly fishermen know anything about mayflies, it is the fact that they live very short lives as an adult, usually just a day or two at most. There is even a species whose females live for a brief five minutes, not time enough for a cup of coffee.

Mayflies, insects that are inspiration for many fly-fishing lures,  for more go here   Critter facts

 

Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops Coming Up!

Posted on | June 23, 2015 | No Comments

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INVASIVE PLANT PATROL WORKSHOP
Maine waters are being invaded! As with a serious illness, early detection is key; the earlier the introduced invader–such as Eurasian water-milfoil or zebra mussels–is detected, the greater the chances for finding an effective treatment and reducing the risk of spread. With over 6000 lakes and ponds, and thousands of miles of suitable stream habitat to be monitored for the presence of aquatic invaders on an ongoing basis, the challenge here in Maine is enormous. MAINE NEEDS YOUR HELP! Free training, coming soon to Knox and Waldo Counties, will provide you with everything you need to get started.
This summer, two workshops are being offered in our region, by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop, Tue. July 14, 3PM to 9PM – Knox County, Bishopswood Camp in Hope. This workshop is hosted by the Megunticook Watershed Association.

Invasive Plant Patrol Field Methods Workshop, Fri. July 17, 9:30AM to 2PM – Knox County, Hobbs Pond in Hope. This workshop is hosted by Hobbs and Fish Pond Association.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at vlmp@mainevlmp.org or (207) 783-7733 to register. For on-line registration and workshop schedule updates please visit http://www.mainevlmp.org/workshops-events/

Annual Meeting Coming Soon!

Posted on | June 23, 2015 | No Comments

Annual Meeting

Where: Bishopswood Camp

When: July 7 at 7:00 PM

Speaker:  Maggie Shannon, Maine Lakes Society on Lakesmart

The MWA announces the start of it’s LakeSmart program in cooperation with the Maine Lakes Society.  LakeSmart, the flagship program of the Maine Lakes Society, is one of the most effective lake protection programs available today. It recognizes waterfront homeowners who use natural landscaping strategies to protect the health of their lake.

LakeSmart’s now-familiar blue and white Award signs get posted at shorefront and roadside. They say, “A friend of the lake lives here.”

 

Hyla versicolor- The Gray Tree Frog

Posted on | May 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Hyla versicolor- The Gray Tree Frog

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 | Comments Off on Free Fishing Weekend!!

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 | Comments Off on Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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 on Fire Danger Still Very High

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 on Lost An Found

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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Early May Boat Ride

Posted on | May 4, 2015 | Comments Off on Early May Boat Ride

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

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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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