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Anglers ready for Schoodic Ice Fishing Derby

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 7, February 12, 2003

LAKEVIEW PLANTATION Winter anglers are getting their ice augers and fishing traps ready for the 41st Annual Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby.

Sponsored by the Milo Fire Department, is set for Feb. 15 and 16 coinciding with the state's free fishing days.

Milo resident Murrel Harris, who has organized the Schoodic Lake derby for almost two decades, said that last year approximately 2,000 were on the ice at Schoodic, alone, not counting those fishing neighboring Sebois and Ebeemee lakes.

According to Harris, between 1,100 and 1,500 fish are caught on average each year during the derby, with the numbers growing. He said that biologists with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have benefitted from the statistics derived from the derby each year.

Wardens will be on hand at all lakes, to ensure all state laws are followed. Volunteer fire personnel with the town of Milo will man the weigh stations at a trailer on the ice at the Lakeview landing and Knights Landing, BrownviDe.

Students at Penquis Valley High School are serving up chili, and members of the Boy Scout Troup 119 are holding a bottle drive on the lake.

Participants in the derby pay $5 for a ticket, which includes the entry fee and six tickets for a drawing with prizes including a 2003 Z-370 Artic Cat snowmobile plus free service donated by Cat Trax in LaGrange. Other prizes include ice fishing equipment, a dog kennel, $200 of Irving gas, a coffee table and end tables, and gift certificates to area merchants. In addition, each fish registered at a weigh station gives the angler an additional chance in another contest, with more than $4,000 in prizes.

Cash prizes are awarded for the first-, second- and third-place winners in the biggest togue, salmon and trout contests, and the first and second place cusk, white perch, pickerel and bass.

Winners will be announced live on WDME D-103 radio station on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at Misty Morning Bait Shop in Dover-Foxcroft, Mike's Auto Repair in Lincoln, Alton Tash Stanley in Medway, D&M Discount and the All in One Stop in LaGrange, as well as many merchants in Milo and the surrounding area.

All proceeds go to benefit local charities, Harris said.

Last week, there was between eight and 10 inches of ice. No problems are anticipated, Harris said, especially due to the recent cold spell. He said the fire department volunteers, emergency rescue personnel, wardens and members of the local police force will be available, in the event of an emergency.

"We urge everyone to be careful and have a fun, safe time," Harris said.

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