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Region G – Aroostook County

The recent deep freeze will assist the freeze up of area waters for the upcoming ice fishing season. Larger, deeper lakes will warrant considerable caution for the January 1 opening in spite of the cold weather. Smaller lakes might be the safest bet for family fishing on opening weekend.

An ample supply of 12- to 14-inch brook trout have been stocked in Arnold Brook Lake in Presque Isle, Cochrane Lake in Linneus, Spaulding Lake in Oakfield, Nickerson Lake in New Limerick and Umcolcus Lake in T7R5 WELS just west of Rt. 11.
Nickerson and Arnold Brook Lake also received a number of 16- to 18-inch trout that were retired from our brood fish program.
Splake, very popular with our winter anglers, were stocked this fall in Drew’s Lake in Linneus and Squa Pan Lake in Masardis. These 12- to 14-inch fish will afford great action in these two waters.

Round up the gear, buy some hot dogs and head for the lake – there won’t be any black flies. Have a safe and enjoyable fishing season and maybe we’ll see you on the ice!

– Dave Basley, Regional Fisheries Biologist, Ashland

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