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From Lake Warden Justin Twitchell:

It is that time of year again, the weather is turning cold and ice is setting in on our lakes and ponds. From one day to the next our smaller lakes and ponds go from open water to ice covered and there are several eager fisherman looking to set their first ice fishing trap of the year. I cannot stress enough about the dangers of venturing out on any frozen body of water this time of year. Even though we have been experiencing a great deal of cold weather over the past several days and some of our lakes and ponds are covered with ice, it does not mean that it is safe to venture out and get a early start on your ice fishing season. Please use extreme caution if you feel it necessary to do so.

On December 11th “Ice-In” was called on both Moody Pond in Lincolnville and Hosmer Pond in Camden when just days before these bodies of water were open. This morning (December 13th) I viewed two ice fisherman out in the middle of Hosmer pond with their traps set. Please note that there are specific laws and regulations on many of our local bodies of water about ice fishing this time of year. Below is an example of some of those regulations.

Please be safe and use caution. Ice thickness will vary from one step to the next this time of year, just because there may be a few inches of ice on shore does not mean the same will hold true for a whole body of water.

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Southern & Eastern Counties

Counties include: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford south of the Androscoggin River, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington, and York.

Lakes and Ponds:

>From January 1 – September 30: Unless otherwise indicated by special rule, general law length and bag limits apply to all fish caught while open water fishing or ice fishing (see General Law & Limit Information).
From October 1 – December 31: Artificial Lures Only (S-6); all trout, landlocked salmon and togue must be released alive at once, unless otherwise indicated by special rule.

Brooks, Streams and Rivers:

From April 1 – August 15: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, open to open water fishing under general law fishing provisions (see General Law & Limit Information).
From August 16 – September 30: Fishing in brooks, streams and rivers is restricted to the use of artificial lures or flies only, and the combined total daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon, and togue is 1 fish.
From October 1 – March 31: Unless otherwise indicated under the appropriate county, brooks, streams and rivers are closed to all fishing. Any water open to open water fishing or ice fishing between October 1 – March 31 will be indicated under the appropriate county.