An ice fisherman checks his jig while taking in the spring-like conditions at Lake George on the Canaan side last year. Morning Sentinel file photo

Free Fishing Weekend is set for Saturday to Sunday.

During the weekend, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days, according to a news release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Each month fisheries biologists across Maine put together a list of recommended waters, how to access them, and fishing tips.

Below is a partial listing of area ice fishing derbies planned through the weekend:

St. Michael’s School’s event will take place Saturday on Messalonskee Lake, weigh-in will is planned at Snow Pond Center for the Arts from 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cash prizes range from $75-$1,200.
For more information, call Brian Castonguay at 207-446-0205.

• Wilton Fish & Game’s derby is planned for Saturday on Wilson Pond in Wilton with a weigh-in and registration shack at boat launch.
For more information, call Deborah Rowe at 207-320-6320 at 207-348-6133.


Hartland Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual ice fishing derby Saturday and Sunday on Moose Pond and Morrill Pond, both in Hartland, and Indian Pond in St Albans. Weigh-in: HVFD 43 Canaan Road, Hartland from 4-6 p.m. both days.
For more information, call Glen Carmichael at 207-416-7671.

The Freedom Recreational Committee has planned an ice fishing derby on Saturday on Sandy Pond in Freedom. Weigh-in will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freedom Town Office, 71 Pleasant St., Freedom.
For more information call Cynthia Abbott and Ryan Willette at 207-323-1877.

• The Lloyd E. Moore Memorial Fishing Derby is set for Saturday on Pleasant Lake in Stetson. Weigh-in is planned at 21 Pine Loop Road in Stetson.
For more information, call Lucinda Moore Underhall at 207-852-7664.

• Riley’s Wish Memorial Scholarship Fund Ice Fishing Derby will take place Saturday on Lake St. George in Liberty. Weigh-in  at Lake St. George Brewing Complay, 4 Marshall Shore Road in Liberty.
For more information, call Luke Boulay at 207-592-4805.

• Lee St. Hilaire Scholarship Fund Ice Fishing Derby is planned for Saturday on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop. Weigh-in: American Legion Post 40, 117 Bowdoin St. in Winthrop.
For more information, call Regina Pomerleau at 207-344-4046.

• Aurora Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Derby will take place Saturday and Sunday on Mcdougal Pond in Caratunk. Weigh-in will take place on site.
For more information, call Joe Lacerda at 207-991-1888.


China Four Seasons will sponsor an ice fishing derby Sunday on China Lake. The weigh-in station will be located at the China Village Fire Department on Causeway Road in China Village. Entries must be in line at the Fire Department building by 4 p.m.

• The 26th Annual Gene and Lucille Letourneau Ice Fishing Derby is set for Sunday on any body of water in the state. Weigh-in is set for 205 p.m. at Spectrum Generations Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold St. in Waterville.
For more information, call Sandra MacDonald at 207-873-4745.

• The Lake George Corporation event is planned for Sunday on Lake George in Skowhegan and Canaan. Weigh-in will take place at the State Boat Launch on Lake George, Canaan side.
For more information, call Lake George Regional Park at 207-474-1292.

For a complete list of Maine ice fishing derbies, visit


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