IF&W Fishing Report: The bass are biting


This past Sunday I had a ton of chores to do around the house. So I went fishing. My wife and I loaded some poles and warm water fishing gear into the boat and headed to Worthley Pond in Poland. The choice of pond was perfect for my circumstances. My wife prefers catching to fishing and the large number of smaller-sized largemouth bass at Worthley Pond offers great action for even the most novice angler. The mostly undeveloped shoreline and light angler use adds a remote atmosphere and provides plenty of opportunity to fish over bass that have not been heavily fished.

We only spent a couple hours on the water and caught a half-dozen bass, but we had a great time. Fishing for warm-water fish is a great way to introduce novice anglers to the sport of fishing.

Our seasonal creel census clerk Bill Yeo has been collecting some very interesting information from anglers on Sebago Lake. A glance at his data from this past Saturday reveals some very interesting numbers. Bill spoke with 35 parties of anglers on Saturday. These parties reported catching nine legal salmon, four of which were confirmed native fish. Also reported were 46 togue, only one of which was sublegal. One successful party reported catching 14 togue and one salmon in about four hours.

Since anglers are interviewed while fishing, the aforementioned reported catch only reflects what was caught up to the time of the interview. Also, this information reflects anglers that have been fishing for several hours as well as those fishing only for a half- hour. Therefore, the actual total catch for the day was likely much higher than that reported to the clerk. The data also suggests parties that caught fish usually caught more than one, supporting the age-old adage that 10 percent of the anglers catch 90 percent of the fish. Whatever else the numbers have to indicate, they do indicate that there is some good fishing to be had on Sebago Lake.

Fish Stocking Report Now Available With Daily Updates

The spring 2008 stocking report now is available on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Web site, and it features daily updates from hatchery staff.

Instead of hearing when and where the hatcheries have stocked well after the season has ended, anglers now will be able to easily locate waters freshly stocked with catchable trout.

Waters are grouped by county, listed by town, and include the date of stocking as well as the species, quantity, and size of fish released. Here is the web address to visit the fish stocking report page: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reports/stocking/index.htm

Additional material by Todd Langevin, superintendent of hatcheries