The Maine Sportsman

The April 2017 Issue of The Maine Sportsman

Our Stocking List Tells You Where the Fish Are, and Our Writers Tell You How to Catch Them

The centerpiece of the April, 2017 issue of The Maine Sportsman is the annual “Maine Fish Stocking Report” – 12 pages of priceless information for anglers in search of spring salmonids. Locate your city or town in the left column, then find your favorite local lake, pond, stream or river in the second row, and easily see how many brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout or land-locked salmon our state biologists stocked there.

Stop in and see us at the Maine Sportsmans booth at the upcoming 37th annual March 31st – April 2ndState of Maine Sportsman Show at the Augusta Civic Center. Pick up your copy of the April issue, and subscribe or renew your subscription for the upcoming year.

Once you know where the fish are, then follow the advice of our experts to get those fish into your landing net. King Montgomery starts off the issue with his article “All the Glitters is Gold,” profiling the Maine-based, venerable Al’s Goldfish company of Biddeford. In addition to the classic gilded model of the lure, Al’s now offers painted versions designed to mimic baitfish. Many of us caught our first perch and trout on the classic Al’s spoon, and it’s great to see the enthusiastic owners of this operation here in our state.

Lou Zambello reminisces about “Memorable Opening Days” in his “Freshwater Fly Fishing” column.  The results of many opening days, Lou says, can be humorously summarized with the following account: “Got cold and wet; no fish; went home.”  For those who prefer trolling, Tom Seymour’s “Trout Fishing” column presents “Early-Season Trolling Tips the put Trout in the Net.”

Tom Roth continues the angling trend, writing about last year’s early opening day as he was out on the waters of Sebago Lake on March 18, 2016. With this year’s late-winter snow and cold temperatures, an early ice-out is apparently not in the cards for most areas of the state.

Spring ATV season is almost here, and William Clunie presents a helpful special article, “Selecting the ATV that’s Right for You.”  Most of us should not pay attention to the advertisements showing high-speed racing and trick riding, William suggests; rather, when purchasing an ATV, we should focus on the practical features that make an ATV an invaluable, integral part of our outdoor fishing, hunting and trail-riding experiences.

Kate Krukowski Gooding encourages readers to stretch their culinary tastes with this month’s “Wild Kitchen” recipe, “Apricot Barbecued Beaver Tail.”  Make friends with a trapper, and you may never go hungry again.

Our youngest writers provide good information again this month. Luke Giampetruzzi ties (and photographs) a Grey Ghost streamer fly (look for Luke and his tying vice at the State of Maine Sportsmans Show), and our “Young Maine Sportswoman” Alyssa Sansoucy, describes how her anticipation grows as the snowpack shrinks – Allyssa looks forward to fishing, shed-antler hunting and ATV-ing, while at the same time preparing for spring turkey season next month.

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