NOTE: Please answer my brook trout one-question survey, in the Sportsman's Say Survey on this website, before February 11 so I can present the results to the legislature's IFW Committee. Make your voice heard!
Maine’s Fish and Wildlife Department amazed me today when they brought together angling interests who have been battling for years over brook trout and bait issues and unified them on a new plan to protect wild brook trout.
The legislature directed DIF&W to prepare a comprehensive policy and management plan for wild brook trout waters, called the “B List”, that have not been stocked since 1988. Since 1995 when the legislature enacted a law recognizing and protecting native brook trout in waters that have never been stocked, various angling groups and activists have been fighting over attempts to extend the recognition and protective measures to the new list of waters.
This has been a bitter and divisive battle. Today, that battle came to a very positive ending.