Annual Update of Winter Fishing Activity in Central Maine


By James S. Lucas

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Division of Fisheries and Hatcheries

May 2002

Interim Summary Report No. 8


Annual winter sport fish surveys are conducted to monitor Regional fishing activity and to assess fishery management programs. Waters stocked with coldwater species is the primary focus of these surveys, although a more concentrated effort was made to collect data on the northern pike fishery because of increasing popularity. Two additional waters were surveyed, as part of a larger study, to evaluate an experimental rainbow trout stocking program. This report collectively summarizes the data obtained from the individual waters and disseminates the findings. A detailed analysis of the rainbow trout study waters will be reported separately.

During the 2002 winter fishing season, six lakes were surveyed, of which, Parker Pond was surveyed for the fourth-consecutive year. Three waters were surveyed for a third consecutive year, while 2002 was the initial year of the planned 3-5 year study of rainbow trout on Lake George and Megunticook Lake.

For more information or a complete report, please contact:

Jim Lucas
Maine Fish and Wildlife
Fisheries Division
270 Lyons Road
Sidney, Maine 04330
Telephone: (207) 547-5314