Maine conservationist to present program on charted brookie waters

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BETHEL — At this month’s Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting a brook trout conservationist will conduct a presentation about technology used to chart wild and native brookie waters.

The meeting will begin with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Science Auditorium at Gould Academy in Bethel. The meeting itself and Greg Ponte’s presentation follows at 7 p.m.

Ponte, chairman of the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited, said Wednesday by email that all of Maine’s native brook trout “A” waters and all of its wild brook trout “B” waters can now be found in the Google Earth program.

Anglers accessing the online program can learn a variety of information, like whether the waters are open to ice fishing stocking, pond size, average depth and the last year it was stocked with brookies.

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Dick Walthers of the Mollyockett chapter recently said that Ponte’s program, which was presented at the recent Sportsman’s Show in Augusta, “will be of great interest to all inland fisherman.”

Lakes and ponds with native brook trout fisheries are labeled “A” waters, which are considered genetically unique, according to a 2006 report by the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Waters on this list cannot be stocked without legislative approval.

Lakes and ponds with wild brook trout fisheries are labeled “B” waters, indicating they may have been indirectly stocked in the past 25 years.

These waters cannot be directly stocked unless the proposal has gone through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s process for considering proposals to stock a “B” water, the report states.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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