The Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association has moved its 2022 Mooselookmeguntic Landlocked Salmon Derby a week earlier to Saturday and Sunday June 11-12.
The event is scheduled from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
In 2020, the association began working with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to build a fishing derby for the Rangeley area that aligned with their management plan. By capturing and keeping smaller landlocked salmon, it is hoped to improve conditions for larger trophy fish, as well as improving the overall health of the population. The derby complies with current fishing regulations, according to a press release from the association.
After a lot of work, a derby was held last June with the goal of harvesting smaller landlocked salmon from Mooselookmeguntic Lake. The department was able to be present and collect a lot of data on catches. Indications are that the objectives have been achieved with a slight impact on other species and the use of the lake.
Over $3,000 in prizes will be awarded.
Sponsors will also help run a separate Children’s Fishing Derby during Outdoor Sports Heritage Days. This event, held at the Children’s Fishing Pond in Oquossoc, will feature additional prizes awarded in various age groups.
Those interested in participating in the derby, becoming a sponsor or helping out as a volunteer, can visit rangeleyoutdoors.org/salmonderby or email [email protected]. Those considering participating in the derby are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Due to capacity constraints, organizers may need to limit the total number of boats.