June has come and gone, and we have been waiting for a good weather weekend. Its seems that we are only able to get one good day each weekend. Not to say that the weather has been terrible but it sure hasn’t been great. The water level is still up in the lake and pond but will most likely start to drop slowly in July and August to seasonal levels. I`ve had my float in for 6 weeks and the water has gone down about a foot, judging from the ramp system. Water temperatures are rising fast with the many hours of daylight and warmer weather.   At ice out the water was 37 degrees, June 1 it was 63 degrees and now it`s 76, time to go swimming!

The fishing has been good for the warm water fish. The bass have moved off the spawning beds over the last weeks of June.  On June 24th we had the Bangor Bass Club on the lake. They had a great day with some  large fish and full limits. All the fish caught are released live after weights are recorded.  The trout are going deep to find colder water as they cannot take the warmer surface water temperatures.  Trout like it when the water is 55-60 degrees. Fishing with a downrigger or lead core line to get deep is the way to get the trout this time of year. I`ve had a few issues when fishing boats meet boats towing tubes or skiers. Please give each other a wide berth when passing.   Fishing boats can have lines trolling several hundred feet behind the boat.  Please don’t cut them off!

Loons have had a tough spring with water levels up and down in the spring rains. We do have a few chicks around. The first to show was on the upper Megunticook River  One chick has been seen and one  egg was abandoned. Next was a report of a chick on Hosmer Pond,and late last week 2 chicks were seen there, swimming and diving a short distance.  Sorry to say that no Bald Eagle offspring have been seen this year in the watershed. It`s a big lake so maybe the adults have a nest hidden away in the big bog or the headwaters above Norton Pond.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDERS without life jackets remain a issue on the water. FOLKS ON SUP`S MUST HAVE AN APPROVED PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD)  AND SOUND PRODUCING DEVICE LIKE A HORN OR WHISTLE.

We have had a few lost paddleboards and kayaks over the spring and iIt would help if you labeled your small boat with your name,address, and phone number.  That way we can get it back to its rightful owner AND make sure no one has fallen off and is in the water!   If we find or see a small boat with no one aboard we must assume it was occupied. A phone number can quickly determine if an emergency exists, and, if not, quickly get your boat back to you.

Be safe and the best place for your lifejacket is on your back!! Hope everyone had a GREAT 4th of July week.

Lake patrol Warden Dale Dougherty