This year we focused efforts on Long Lake, Beau and Glazier lakes, and smaller waters in the Houlton area.
Anglers took advantage of late season fishing on Beau and Glazier lakes Saturday. These waters usually don’t see much fishing pressure early in the season due to ice conditions, but the fishing tends to pick up later.
Beautiful weather on Saturday made for a great day to be out on the ice.
Lakes in the Houlton area saw very few anglers over the weekend, with most effort related to folks getting their ice shacks off the lakes. Drews and Nickerson lakes close to fishing on March 31st, while Cochrane, Spaulding and Hodgdon Mill Pond remain open to ice fishing in April.
Long Lake produced a number of large salmon again this winter, with several fish topping the 6 pound mark. Further analysis of data collected this winter will help us determine future management direction on Long.
All in all, the winter of 2014 was a roller coaster season for ice anglers. Poor ice conditions and heavy snow early in the season, followed by long periods of bitter cold weather made it tough for folks to get out. Still, those die hard anglers who got out on the ice had some memorable experiences.