Temperatures are dropping and ice is beginning to form on lakes and ponds in Maine and that means ice fishing season is upon us. Hopefully the snow will soon begin to fly bringing a whole new set of fun and healthy outdoor activities for families to enjoy during the winter months. Here is a list of events scheduled for January 2012. This list will continue to be updated as additional events are scheduled. In the meantime I better get busy setting up ice fishing traps and fueling up the augers for the Hooked on Fishing program!
First Day Hikes – Multiple Locations
January 1, 2012
A series of hikes are scheduled at Cobscook Bay State Park, Wolfe Neck Woods State Park, Aroostook State Park, and Popham Beach State Park. This is a great way to enjoy the first day of 2012!
Youth Ice Fishing Derby & Dog Sled Rides – Liberty
Saturday, January 15, 2012 8am-3pm
This learn to fish event will be held at the Lake St. George State Park. Equipment, bait and instruction is provided as well as the opportunity for dog sled rides!
Horne Pond Ice Fishing Derby – Limington
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This derby benefits the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, MDIFW’s Hooked on Fishing Program and Ice Fishing 4 a Cause. This event has both a youth and adult division and there is opportunity for children and families to learn to ice fish.
Winter Family Fun Day – Cobscook Bay State Park
Saturday, January 21, 2012 10am-3pm
Activities include cross country skiing, sliding, snowshoeing, snowmobile tote rides, guided nature walks and a bonfire! Ages 12 and under are free; over 12 years of age is $1.50. Equipment and instruction is provided.
Maine Youth Fish & Game Youth Learn to Fish Event – Milford
Saturday, January 21, 2012 8am-3pm (February 4 rain date)
This is a learn to ice fish event for children 15 and under. Lunch and loaner equipment along with bait and instruction is provided at no cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Phippsburg Sportsmen’s Association Winter Field Day – Phippsburg
Sunday, January 22, 2012
This annual winter field day provides opportunity to learn about some great winter activities such as cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing/orienteering and more. This is a free lunch and includes all equipment and instruction.
Crystal Lake Derby – Gray
Saturday, January 28, 2012 7am-2pm
This derby has both an all age and kid’s category. Tickets for the kid’s event are $5. There will be a designated area for children to fish who need instruction, loaner equipment and bait.
Moosehead Lake Ice Fishing Derby – Greenville
January 27-29, 2012
This derby allows for single or family entries. Moosehead Lake is a great place to get away for a family ice fishing adventure!