They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, and so far, it seems to be valid. The deep freeze in on in Aroostook County, and ice anglers are loving it!

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According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife fisheries biologist Frank Frost, “Anglers are having good luck out on Madawaska, catching brook trout. The trout are biting extremely well.”

Frost said Madawaska offers some fine brook trout fishing and easy access. “It’s close to Caribou, has good access, and it’s a good place to take the kids.”

Snowmobile travel in the area has been good, with easier travel further north, as the latest storms have dumped more snow in the southern part of the region.

Frost said, “Traveling is better in the north than in the central and southern part of the region where there is lots of slushy, deep snow on the lakes.”

Fishing pressure always drops off on Long Lake as the season progresses, but there are still big fish to be had there.

“There’s not as many anglers out there, but there still is the opportunity to catch big salmon,” said Frost, who said over the years, large salmon have been caught throughout the lake.

Anglers who are eyeing something smaller might want to try smelt fishing in the region. Frost said that smelt fishing has been good on Eagle Lake, St. Froid and Portage. Mornings tend be the best time to smelt fish those lakes.

Aroostook County Ice Fishing Report - Mid Winter 2014