Eavesdropping on ice fishing by the river

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Open water and ice fishing laws of 2022 officially published https://www.maine.gov/ifw/docs/21-MDIFW-19-Fishing-Lawbook-2022.pdf, and I know more than a few people who have already enjoyed the new places that have just been legalized for ice fishing.

In early December, I heard the excitement and buzz at River’s Edge, but Sally White warned me that not all of them would be as easily accessible as Haley Pond. “Most of these places are only accessible by snowmobile.”

Sign posted on the window at River’s Edge Sports in Oquossoc

Client Frank Dellavalle reacted positively to the new opportunities. “It will be good for everyone. Good for Airbnb, good for stores, everything! Her son, Wyatt agreed it would be an opportunity for those who typically only rent during the warmer months. “People will think about it, ‘Wow, now that there is ice fishing on this lake, I can now open my apartment for rent.’

Okay, so on occasion when the conversation gets interesting, I turn on my little audio recorder on my phone and take pictures (with permission of course). Seen here from left to right: Good sportsmen (and sportsmen) Wyatt Dellavalle, Frank Dellavalle, Gerry White and Sally White.

Sally said it would be just another reason to visit the area this winter. “Oh yes, it will be more opportunities for everyone in the region because of the snowmobilers. “ She also recalled that there would be no live bait. “The only one is Beaver Pond. Everything else is artificial or worms.

A lot of people have never ice fished, so they should probably go with someone more experienced first. There are a lot of preparations and aspects that one could not consider. For example, River’s Edge owner Gerry White explained that once it drops below a certain temperature, if the fish comes out of the water, the eyes freeze and the fish die.

“Yes,” Sally pointed out “Once you’ve taken them out, don’t put them back.

Area businesses like River’s Edge expect to benefit from the sale of more fishing gear like portable ice cabins and small buddy heaters, but attracting more visitors to the area just for ice fishing may be slow at first.

Sally White – “I mean this will be the first year. A lot of people still don’t know.

Gerry White accepted “A LOT of people don’t know that.”

The discussion then led to the fact that there are of course (and always will be) mixed opinions about ice fishing in the area. Wyatt Dellavalle had only recently heard not so enthusiastic reactions to the news. “It’s a pretty hot topic. “

However, his father, Frank was only enthusiastic, “The beaver pond?” Live bait? It’s awesome! Smelts and minnows!

Of course, Gerry and his wife Sally won’t be there to participate in the ice fishing as they were about to leave on their annual trip south for a much-needed respite, but he was thrilled for everyone. “I won’t be here. So send me pictures!


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