Big Wood has been alive the past couple weekends with Ice Fisherman, both local and from away. The snow we had on Saturday put a hamper on it a bit but there were still many who roughed it out.
One group of 3 families set up their shack close to shore and even had a campfire going in our lakeside firepit on Friday. The kids had a great time.
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.
Even if there is not a lot of snow to ride, the one thing fun to do in Jackman is Ice fishing. The ice on Big Wood is about a foot thick. The ice shacks have been out there since mid December. I even saw trucks out last weekend.
This little family enjoyed their day out on the ice and caught a few keepers too. I wonder if it was their first time “getting the big one”
Remember, Free fishing days this year are on February 15-16. Give it a try.
According to the BDN, “Janet Mills signed emergency legislation that allowed Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso to adjust the state’s fishing laws to that reality. In the northern zone, where ice fishing season was to end March 31, the season has been extended until April 21.” Big Wood is still over 3 feet thick so plenty of time to catch “THE BIG ONE”.
Continue to use caution though as things can change quickly this time of year.
Come on up, the ice is fine!
What an awesome sunset last night. They have been out there all day! Hope they caught a big one
The first day of spring was last week but we are far from that I fear. You all may already have daffodils popping up and maybe even cut the grass but here, in Jackman, we are still covered in white.
This past weekend we had riders and ice fisherman that all had a wonderful time. The days warmed up so late in the day, the trails became a bit soft but the night went back down to the teens.
Our ice fisherman all came back with a nice sun kissed glow to their faces. It was beautiful all weekend with blue skies.
SO far this week, we are hitting the high forties but I just do not see the white going away yet, well at least not our piles. Think SPRING!
I cannot say this this is a trail update as I think I only posted one trail report to the blog this season. It has been a crazy winter. More cold then snow.
Last weekend seems like it was the best storm we had for the trails. Needless to say, this weekend will probably be the last and best of the whole season.
We have a solid base, the snow we did get last week gave the groomers something to work with. And the temperatures….really cold at night. The trails are flat and firm and fast.
Don’t forget ice fishing. We have at least 3 feet of ice out on Big Wood. Wonder if they will extend the ice fishing season in our region this year?
Here is a snapshot from our Webcam this evening. Big Wood is setting up for the 2018 ice fishing season. There is a nice glaze of ice over the pond today even with all the rain we had last night and temperatures today in the 30s.
We have had some really cold temperatures this past week and lower chill factors. The lake actually glazed over a couple times, then the wind broke it up. So we were quite surprised to see the glaze today. YEAH!!
Personally, I think our fisherman do best in January so make your reservation soon as our lakeside camps are filling up.
As a reminder though, February 18 and 19 is free fishing days.
This years snowmobile season has come to an end. Surprisingly, we had riders here last weekend (April 7th) and even though they chose to trailer up to the clubhouse, they said the ride to Pittston was really good.
The trails in our region remain open until April 15th but our club is no longer grooming. The temperatures have warmed up considerably this week. The snow is melting and we can even see the ice on Big Wood rising with all the run off.
A big thank you goes out to those of you who stayed with us this winter not only to snowmobile and ice fish but also those who just needed to get away, See you next season….unless you want to visit us this summer!
Although the Border Riders Club have not opened the trails yet, there are people out riding. Plenty of snow on unplowed roads and in the higher elevations. I was told there is over 20 inches of that white stuff after this last storm. It was very fluffy snow so getting it packed on the trails is going to take a bit of time. The groomers have started working their magic. Our trail master said trails could be ready by this weekend.
There is ice on the lake but we are not sure how thick yet. I did see snowmobile tracks along our shoreline this morning.
So it is looking to be a good start to the 2017 winter season. We will update you all as we know more either here or on our Facebook page. Call us soon.