Trout Fishing, Stocking Report, and the Upcoming Sportsman’s Show in Augusta!
What better way to dive into springtime in Maine than with BIG trout, a BIGGER (13 pages!) 2022 – 2023 Fish Stocking Report, and the BIGGEST outdoor show in Maine, happening March 31 – April 2 in Augusta?
Let’s start with the trout. Our cover photo, courtesy of Libby Camps, features Ken Laird holding a massive brookie. Ken, who works for Orvis, was guided by Ben Rioux.
Next, on to the fish stocking report, which shows when and where the approximately one million brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, splake and landlocked salmon produced by our hatcheries in the past year were placed, in each of our state’s 16 counties, from Aroostook to York and from Oxford to Washington.
And third, make plans now to attend the State of Maine Sportsman’s Show, from Friday afternoon March 31, through Sunday afternoon, April 2. There will be boats, ATVs, fishing gear, hunting gear, a fly-casting demonstration outside, campers, great food, and kids’ and adult beverages. Seminars and workshops will teach you how to track deer, navigate through the woods with a map and compass, and even become a better outdoor writer! And Sunday noon, the sound of the gavel returns to the Civic Center as we bring back the State of Maine Surplus Auction – just look at the impressive list of more than 200 firearms linked HERE!
On the inside pages of the April issue of The Maine Sportsman, fishing content dominates, from Jon Lund’s “Fishing the Wet Fly” (Jottings) and Val Marquez’s “Fishing for Rainbows” (Southern Maine) to Nolan Raymond’s “Fishing for Native Brookies,” Staci Warren’s “Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners,” and Matt Breton’s efforts in Vermont to avoid spring chores by standing in waders, casting among ice-floes.
But wait – there’s more! How about Maine’s first-ever patch club for trappers? What better way to honor the history and heritage of this traditional Maine pastime?
Ever taken a long ATV trip? Did everything go absolutely right the entire time? Steve Carpenteri shares the good, the bad and the ugly in his special section, “ATV Dream Trips & Nightmares.”
Capt. Ron Dupuis weighs in with an excellent boating piece about how to gather inside (and underwater) information before you head out to a lake or pond with which you are not familiar.
And if freshwater angling is nearly upon us, then saltwater fishing is not far behind. Veteran writer Bob Humphrey contributes a special section this month titled “Spring Groundfish.”
So pick up a copy of The Sportsman’s April issue – from your mailbox, at your favorite store, or from our staffers at the Maine Sportsman booth at the Augusta show, and read all this, plus engaging letters to the editor, entertaining cartoons, and even an April Fools’ Special Feature, with “Advice for men, from men,” a rare photo of a shark stepping on a Lego brick, and more fun and frivolity.
See you at The Show!
Will Lund, Editor
The Maine Sportsman magazine