Free Ice fishing weekend is coming up. February 15-16, 2020, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.
Here on Big Wood, fisherman try for the Splake, Trout, Salmon, Yellow Perch and cusk. January seems better for trout but truly it is up to the luck and skill of the fisherman.
SO here are some ice fishing tips I pulled from the Maine Sportsman author, Tom Seymour
If you want to catch Salmon, the best bait is smelt. Set up your traps with only enough added weight to keep your bait from swimming to the top. GO with a hook and a small sinker, nothing else. “Set most of your traps so that t6he smelt is only a few feet beneath the ice. This is to intercept the salmon that are cruising just under the ice in search of smelt. Reserve a line or 2 for deeper water just in case” Check bits regularly, sit back and hope for the best.
Now what about the Togue. They can keep an angler running after flags all day Drop your lines deep using smelt. Tom describes using a jigging rod but that is beyond my understanding.
Taking care of your catch is simple: fill and chest with snow, add the fish and cover with more snow. They will stay fresh to cook back at camp.
Others suggest that Brook trout are often found near the shoreline and best using smelts or worms. One angler suggested, drilling one hole and test it for 30 minutes. If no luck move on to another.
We do not know of anyone who rents ice fishing equipment but you can buy traps here in town as well as bait. You can also rent shacks or just bring your chair and have a great day.