Warden’s Report from Justin:

Yesterday marked the last day of 2014, I want to thank all of you for your continued support throughout the past year.  There were many great memories and friendships made and I look forward to another great year ahead in 2015.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families and will ha a safe and happy New Year.  December’s weather made it hard to get into the Christmas spirit but the last couple of days have made me realize that maybe the weather wasn’t really that bad.
This recent cold snap has finally started to make some ice that just might decide to stick around for a little bit.  January 1st marks the first day of ice fishing in Megunticook and Norton and I pray that everyone uses their judgment when thinking about venturing out on to any ice that we may have.  Yesterday morning Norton pond was completely frozen over and I was able to walk out onto the ice a couple feet off shore.  This made me more worried then happy as I suspect there will be a few brave hearts out there that will take this inch and stretch it a mile to get out there and try their hand at some ice fishing.  Please, Please be safe and check the ice before making any attempt on going out.
Most of the northern end of Megunticook has a thin layer of ice but the southern end is still open in many areas; Hobbs pond still has some open water, along with Hosmer.  Moody pond was completely frozen over as was Norton.  I suspect in the near future I will be posting the official “ice in” dates for all local bodies of water.
Attached is a picture of a couple of brave souls that were out fishing on Monday (12/29), getting that last action in before the open water season ended.  It is legal to open water fish Megunticook and Norton until December 31st as long as you are using artificial bait and release any trout caught.  Attached is another image from the following day……..these guys just barely got it in.
I will keep you updated on our ice conditions, please understand that the ice is not yet safe and I am recommending that you do not try to venture out on it just yet.  Be patient……it will be here very soon.
Happy New Year
Justin

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P.S. Here are some more Critter Cam pics, enjoy!

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