Time to look for more of Maine’s wild native brook trout

Maine Audubon is looking for anglers to help locate more of our very special native brook trout. Audubon is gearing up for their eight season of the Brook Trout Survey Project.

While they have many returning volunteers for this important project, they could use more, which would allow them to survey more waters. Please consider helping with this important project. You can choose the pond or stream you’d like to survey at their website: www.tumaine.org/brooktrout.htm.

Audubon reports that you can survey alone or with a buddy (preferred if you are going somewhere remote). The best time to complete coastal stream surveys is April through mid-June and the best time to complete pond surveys is May through mid-July and again in September. However, surveys can be completed any time between ice-out and September 30.

More information about the pond and stream surveys including the 2018 lists, volunteer materials, maps, and more can be found at www.tumaine.org/brooktrout.htm.
More information about stream surveys can be found at www.tumaine.org/coastalstreamsurvey.htm.

In the meantime, Audubon says you may contact Jeff Reardon, Brook Trout Project Director, Trout Unlimited JReardon@tu.org, (207) 615-9200 with any questions. You can also contact Audubon’s Annica McGuirk, brooktrout@maineaudubon.org, (207) 781-2330 x219 to sign up for ponds or streams you would like to survey.
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George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.