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When The Ice Thickens…

January 7, 2016

Each winter, as sub-zero nights and blustery days take hold in Grand Lake Stream, the ice begins to thicken on the pristine lakes of Washington County.  While some choose to warm themselves by the woodstove with a good book, many people are anxious to partake in a North Country tradition – Ice Fishing!  By the time early January rolls around, the seasonal repairs of ice shacks have been made and pickup trucks are brimming with tip-ups, bait, and ice augers.

Detail of salmon from Grand Lake Stream print by Gretchen MeadThe Downeast Lakes region offers many places suited for ice fishing, but anglers must always be aware of ice conditions.  With a very mild December, the start of ice fishing season will be a little later this year.  If you are venturing out for that early brookie or stringer full of perch, always air on the side of caution and safety.

If you are brand new to the sport of ice fishing, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) has the perfect event for you and your family.  On Sunday, February 28th, DLLT is pleased to be partnering with Princeton Rod & Gun Club to present “Introduction to Ice Fishing.”  Participants will meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 12 pm to carpool out to West Grand Lake for an afternoon of ice fishing excitement and fun.  Club members will get everyone outfitted and on their way to landing a monster!

DLLT regularly hosts speakers, work parties, and workshops, and leads outdoor adventures that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Maine woods and waters.  For more information about any upcoming programs, please call (207) 796 – 2100 or email