There are many different sports and popular winter activities in Maine. Ice fishing is on the top on most angler’s lists. Maine ice fishing offers a variety of species of fish as well as an opportunity to fish many of the lakes and waterways that are not always accessible to anglers in the summer months. For example, deep water fishing in lakes such as in Lake Cumberland, Knox or Lincoln requires a boat in summer months, but in winter months all it requires is a sled and a warm pair of boots.
There are several different tournaments offered in Maine ice fishing events, and these are popular with both experienced anglers and those new to Maine ice fishing. Many of the tournaments, including those in the Jackman and Moose River Regions of the state, as well as the well known Sebago fishing derby, are highlights of the winter Maine ice fishing season.
The Maine ice fishing tournaments also includes events such as:
*Nordic walking – a new way to safely exercise in colder temperatures. Nordic walking is a great activity for everyone.
*Polar ice dip – people actually put on swimming suits and go for a dip in the lake, definitely only for the brave.
*Kids fishing tourney – children compete in different age categories to see who can catch the biggest fish, the longest fish and just enjoy the sport.
*Snowshoe race – everyone can take the challenge and strap on some snowshoes and compete in a fun and interesting race.
*Winterfest – fun activities, food and entertainment for Maine ice fishing tournament participants and guests.
The Sebago derby is typical to other Maine ice fishing tournaments. Entrance is by pre-registration and a flat fee for either individual anglers or a rate for families. Ice fishing Maine participants can fish in specific areas during designated times. Ice fishing Maine participants must have the fish into the weigh stations by the end of the derby to be counted.
There are limits on the number of fish of each species that can be weighed per day with Muskie and Pike having no limit, pickerel having a ten per day limit and togue having a two per day limit. During the derby all ice fishing Maine participants must follow ice fishing Maine regulations and restrictions as determined by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Within the waterways of Maine ice fishing has become a key sector of the winter economy. Maine ice fishing has an extensive number of Maine ice fishing guides, Maine ice fishing lodges and winter chalets that provide accommodation and even Maine ice fishing trips out onto the lakes in the area. Many of the Maine ice fishing lodges also offer Maine ice fishing tours and Maine ice fishing trips for family members that may not be as interested in spending the day on the lake.