January is definitely one of my favorite months here in Maine. Most New Englanders relish the change of seasons and each time of year has its own special flavor and appeal. To me January means changing from my boat to a snowmobile – still going fishing, just gotta wear a hat now.
As usual we’ll be focusing on the Belgrade Lakes Region; trying to track down some big northern pike! But in the last few years the perch and crappie fishing has been excellent and our clients have experienced some great catches. Jigging for perch is a blast and last year we caught quite a few bonus trout in the process. While we still use permanent ice fishing shelters here and there, we’ve switched to portable shelters for the most part. These allow us to be more mobile. Using the newest fish finding technology has helped too!
The scenery around here in the Belgrade’s is changing dramatically and the lakes are freezing over thanks to cold nights and no wind. We have a little bit of snow on the ground and folks are calling ahead for snowmobile rentals. This year we’ve partnered up with North Country Rivers in Bingham to rent snowmobiles. So if you want to go, give us a call and we’ll set it up! Remember, school vacation weeks fill up way in advance, so if you want sleds for that week, it’s best to book early!
In addition to ice fishing we are running some wicked fun snowshoeing trips. The trips are in two different places. One is in Pleasant Ridge Plantation (about 45 minutes north of Belgrade) and the other is right here in the Kennebec Highlands. I’m already looking forward to doing a night trip on Sunday, January 27 during the full moon! We are going to have a blast!
Speaking of blasts, our winter hunting options are for snowshoe hares and coyotes. Both of these hunts again take place in Pleasant Ridge and the Kennebec Highlands. We’ll be busy the next few weeks building blinds and preparing for the coyote season. These hunts run all winter long!
Wishing you a very safe and fun-filled holiday season!
~ Mike G.