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Rangeley Lake Fishery Management
FISHERY INTERIM SUMMARY REPORT SERIES NO. 06-3
JOBS F-101, F-207
Rangeley Lake, located in western Maine’s Franklin County, provides an outstanding fishery for landlocked salmon and, to a lesser extent, for brook trout. This 6,000-acre lake has had a one-salmon daily bag limit since 1988 and is closed to ice fishing. The fishery is provided by a combination of stocked and wild fish. The salmon population was monitored by fall trapnetting and by voluntary angler surveys in 2005. Voluntary angler records indicated continued excellent catch rates of salmon and a high release rate of legal-size fish. The trapnetting sample indicated that salmon growth rates declined in 2005. The proportion of wild salmon netted was similar to that for the last few years at 50%; older wild salmon (age IV+ and greater) accounted for 54% of the catch. Adult smelt abundance, determined by spawning run surveys and hydroacoustic sampling, declined in 2005.
Spring-yearling brook trout have been stocked in relatively small numbers at Rangeley Lake since 1999. Clerk and voluntary angler records confirm that these fish continue to contribute to the fishery, and they will be stocked as long as smelt, the primary forage base, remain abundant.
Written by Bonney/Howett
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