Ice Out Contest 2022

Big Wood update as of March 19, 2022.  Here is a cam shot from this afternoon.

Just to let you know what is going on out on Big Wood so you can choose the best guess for ice out. Yesterday, with the warmer temps and rain, our fisherman were sloshing on a lot of water but they said it is still about 3 feet thick.

March 1, 2022

Are you ready for the 2022 Ice Out Contest?

It was 40 yesterday and raining. Today down to 30s and snowing so your guess is as good as mine.

So how this works:
1. Choose your date and time that you think the ice will go out on Big Wood. Choosing a time is helpful if multiple people choose the same date.  The person closest to the time will win.

2. Add a comment to this post with your best guess. A comment on Facebook will not be entered. We can only accept one entry per/email.

3. The deadline to post your vote this year is 8am on April 15th, 2022. Watch our webcam at www.cozycovecabins.com for signs of change.

The winning date will be what the Town of Jackman records as the ice out date and time for 2022.

The winner will get 50% off one night when they stay with us 2 or more days or 1 full night free if they stay 4 or more days. This discount will expire December 31, 2022.  New this year, you will also win a Cozy Cove Cabins hoodie.

HOW TO ADD A COMMENT

To add a comment to the blog for the first time, you do need to register and be approved in order to add comments to any post.  If you posted before, use that same password. Unless you forgot it!

It really is simple:

Click on register at the top right of Blog Page. Follow directions using the code ccc2017 when asked. Use a simple PW so you do not forget it later(or next year). You will then get an email to confirm you are who you are, then I approve that you are not a robot or a “nonAmerican” and you are good to go.

After this process, you will need to login to comment but you will not have to wait for me to approve you. Unless of course you forgot your password from before, then you may have to re-register. So don’t forget your password.

 

Ice Fishing on Big Wood

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.

Ice Fishing Tips

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.

Ice fishing in Jackman

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.

Ice fishing season extended

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!

Spring 2018, HAHA

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!

Trail report for Jackman March 2018

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?