Join Date: Jan 2008
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Maine Ice is Out!
Usually we are planning a couple of weekend evening smelt fishing sessions for the last two weeks of March. There are many commercial "smelt shack" rental operations on Maine's estuaries that provide wood stove heated shacks, tackle and bait for those of us who have channeled our need to be on the water so we can ride out this long month. Friends gather in these little communities and fish all night sharing food and beverage, catching the occasional smelt and move through another winter marker. Well that is not going to happen this year. The ice went out in February! All the shacks are on the hard and I am guessing a few didn't make it. We often ice fish into April!
It is 48 degrees here in Brunswick, Maine. There is no snow in sight. the weather has been in the 40's for three weeks. Open water fishing doesn't begin until April 1! What is an angler to do?
This could mean a very early splash! Ha!