The state is urging caution as the ice fishing derby season reaches its peak

The state is urging caution as the ice fishing derby season reaches its peak

Although there is plenty of safe ice in Maine, people need to be careful in some areas, especially in larger, deeper lakes, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said Monday.

Those planning to ice fish this coming weekend at nearly a dozen derbies across the state, including one on Maine’s largest lake, should avoid areas near Inlets, outlets, bridges and anywhere there is a current. People should check the ice thickness every few feet as well.

This tip comes as ice fishing derby season begins. There were a few derbies last weekend, including the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby in Aroostook County, the largest derby in the state.

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