Ice fishing season begins today on many of the state’s lakes and ponds, and it’s not too early to start planning for upcoming fishing derbies.
The Lowell-Enfield Boy Scout troop will hold its third annual derby Jan. 14-16, with all weigh-ins taking place at the Ammadamast Grange Hall in Enfield.
Fish can be taken from nine local lakes and ponds, and the top shore prize is an ice-fishing shack built by Region III students.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Each $5 book includes the entry fee and a chance at shore prizes.
Tickets are available at a number of businesses in Enfield, Howland, Lincoln and Burlington. For more information, call 732-5641.
Colonel’s tip of the week
The state’s highest-ranking game warden offers an outdoor tip in each week’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife outdoor report.
Here is Col. Tom Santaguida’s tip for this week:
Maine’s inland waters can be beautiful and peaceful looking when covered with a new fallen snow, but caution is necessary before walking out onto the ice.
An inch or two of fresh snow can be deceiving — it may look like it’s safe on a newly frozen lake, but often in the early winter there is thin ice under that snow. Check with local wardens, guides and residents before venturing out onto the ice.
While snowmobiling is a very safe sport overall, many of the snowmobile accidents happen on sharp curves in the snowmobile trails, and these accidents are preventable. As a snowmobile operator, it is your legal responsibility to operate in a safe manner.
So, when snowmobiling this winter:
. Keep to the right on the trail.
. Operate at a safe and prudent speed.
. Wear a helmet.
. Don’t drink and drive.
. Let someone know where you are going and when you are coming back.
Have fun in Maine’s winter outdoors and please be safe!
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