According to Bangor Daily News, Governor Janet Mills has approved emergency legislation extending the ice fishing season up north because conditions are still great for it. Ice fishing is a huge boost for the economy in that area of Maine. I love that our Governor signed the bill, I hate leaving money on the table for our state.

Ice fishing season usually ends March 31st, but weather conditions have made it possible to extend the season through April 21st up north, providing a bump to the industry that brings in $75 million dollars annually to Maine's coffers. Fishing overall accounts for $319 million a year for our state. Many businesses profit from fishing, as folks flock north to drop poles in the ice.

Open water fishing is on in southern Maine, and if the ice is thick enough, you can fish that too.

The Maine Warden Service is asking people to be very cautious on lakes and ponds. Make sure to test the thickness of the ice using an ice auger or ice chisel in several spots. Areas that are particularly dangerous are near streams, bridges and culverts and where water currents run beneath ice.

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