The Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association in partnership with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold The Mooselookmeguntic Landlocked Salmon Derby on June 19 and 20, 2021. In the event of inclement weather, the RRG&SA reserve the right to move the date of the Derby to June 26 and 27, 2021. Below are the rules that will govern the conduct of this Derby. There is currently an overabundance of landlocked salmon in Mooselookmeguntic Lake, resulting in poor salmon growth and condition. To improve the health of the fishery on Mooselookmeguntic Lake including Cupsuptic Lake, the MDIF&W has implemented new regulations for the taking of landlocked salmon as part of their fisheries management plan by increasing angler’s ability to harvest more smaller salmon. The new regulations beginning January 1, 2021 are no size or bag limit on salmon under 16 inches in length and a one fish bag limit on salmon greater than 16 inches. The Derby complements this management plan to improve the quality of the wild salmon fishery on Maine’s fourth largest lake. The primary purpose of the Derby is to encourage anglers to harvest the smaller salmon from Mooselookmeguntic Lake with funds raised going to the RRG&SA youth programs.
“An overabundance of wild Landlocked Salmon at Mooselookmeguntic Lake has resulted in poor salmon growth and condition. Liberalizing the salmon regulation on Mooselookmeguntic Lake would promote salmon growth through allowing greater harvest opportunity and increased angler use.”
Entries in the Derby will be listed by boat, not to individuals. The Derby will be conducted on Mooselookmeguntic Lake and Cupsuptic Lake ONLY.
The Mooselookmeguntic Landlocked Salmon Derby is now CLOSED to any new entries. Due to an overwhelming response, the RRG&SA Mooselookmeguntic Salmon Derby committee has determined that it will not be accepting any new entries effective May 1, 2021. All entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2021 or turned in at Rivers Edge Sports by the end of the day on May 1, 2021. Any entry forms received after the deadline will not be accepted and will be returned.
The Derby Committee anticipated high interest in the Mooselookmeguntic Fishing Derby and has warned, from the first public announcement, about the probable necessity of closing the Derby to new entries early. As the entry numbers have stacked up it became apparent to the Committee that the entries should be closed.
We also ask that all participants pay attention to the rules as the logistics for holding the event are and will be evolving right up until Derby weekend.
All current fishing laws of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will be enforced. Nothing in the Derby materials and rules implies or suggests any changes to these current Fishing Laws during the Derby.
Anglers are advised that parking at the boat launches on Mooselookmeguntic Lake is limited. There are three public boat launches: Cupsuptic boat launch, Bemis boat launch and Haines Landing. Haines Landing has very limited parking (the public parking lot is about ¼ mile from the launch) with NO on street parking. Cupsuptic and Bemis launches have small parking lots but some on street parking.
Expect possible waiting times to launch and haul your boat! Please take this into consideration and leave enough time to arrive at the counting station before the closing time. The number of entries permitted may have to be limited due to these launching and parking limitations. Closing the Derby to new entries could happen at any time up to the start of the Derby.
The RRG&SA reserves the right to LIMIT THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES into the derby and to adjust the rules, as necessary.
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