GREENVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some may look at the recent cold spell we've been having as a bad thing, but for many it means a chance to get out and enjoy their favorite sport.
That'll be the case for hundreds this weekend who will take over Moosehead Lake for the 6th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby. The derby starts Friday January 25th and runs until Sunday the 27th. Last year around 500 fishermen came out for the event, and though the cold weather is expected to cause a drop in numbers this year, organizers are still optimistic.
This years derby is being put on by the Natural Resource Education Center at Moosehead in conjunction with the Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Ricky Craven. Regional Fisheries Biologist for Maine IF&W, Tim Obrey, says that this years Togue are looking very impressive. "We've seen growth rates turn around now," says Obrey. "We've got some very fat fish and some larger fish as well."
For those fishermen who manage to catch the largest, cash prizes are available. $1,500 for 1st place, $500 will go to 2nd and 3rd place will take home $250. Tickets for the derby are $25 for individuals and $40 for a family. Tickets are available at Indian Hill Trading Post, Northwood's Outfitters, Moosehead Bait and Tack and the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce.