THE GREAT WEST HARBOR POND FISHING DERBY OF 2023
Full Results from The West Harbor Pond
The August WHP Derby winner is 9-year-old Martin Valasek, landing a 15" Small Mouth Bass! On August 26 at 9:00 a.m. with fishing pole in hand Martin used his “magic lure” (lipless crank bait) to land his catch. Martin had just arrived to one of his happy places, 128 Lakeside Drive, from Rochester, NY, when he dropped his line in the water. He caught this fish on his first cast of the day. Great way to start a weeks’ vacation! Congratulations Martin!
July's Derby winners tied, with Abby Chordas and Graham Staebler both bringing in 13" Large Mouth Bass! Abby and Graham will receive WHPWA hats as a reward. Both are pictured here with their catches, along with the runners-up. Congratulations to all!
The summer was made for fun and what better place than WHP for swimming, boating, fishing and just relaxing. And what better way to add some excitement to your summer than a Fishing Derby. There is an abundance of good fishing here and what better way is there than to make yourself at home with your feet up enjoying the sun and fresh air of WHP, fishing? You might just win a WHP hat, and having your photo--with your catch--on the WHPWA website. The Great West Harbor Pond Fishing Contest is for WHPWA members and their guests. We look forward to sharing your catch on the WHPWA website for each year's contest. The specfic details of the Derby can be found at The Great West Harbor Pond Fishing Derby page.
Read about the results of last year's Derby on the West Harbor Pond Fishing page.
Abby Chordas with her 13" Large Mouth Bass
Graham Staebler with his 13" Large Mouth Bass
Martin Valasek with his 15" Small Mouth Bass
Did you say 15"? Sure enough!
Isabelle Chordas with her 12" Large Mouth Bass
Ella Chordas with her 11" Large Mouth Bass
WHPWA ANNUAL MEETING AND POTLUCK
The West Harbor Pond Watershed Assocation
held its Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at the home of Merritt and Martha Blakeslee. The meeting featured an update on happenings on the pond, the water testing results, update on the relationship with Bigelow Labs, the treasurer’s report, the July Fishing Tournament results, and upcoming events.
The notes from the 2023 Annual Meeting can be found here.
For those of you who did not attend and have not yet paid your dues, please send your $15.00 membership fee and any additional donation you choose to:
Valerie Breen, Treasurer, WHPWA,
PO Box 3,
West BoothBay Harbor, ME 04575
Moonlight Paddles - a great way to enjoy the Pond!
The next Moonlight Paddle is scheduled for September 29th 2023
(meeting at about 6:40 PM mid-Pond)
-> Join us for the rising of the Moon <-
These lovely evenings on the water are a tranquil experience that only West Harbor Pond can offer. Friends and neighbors meet in the center of the pond, near the water-station buoy at about the predicted moonrise time from the table below. They may choose to take a leisurely paddle down to the dam; then head back to the best viewing spot – near the islands – to watch the moon come up over the resort roughly 1/2 hour after the actual moonrise time. The more boats the merrier – invite neighbors, friends and family. Bug spray and a flashlight are recommended!
These are the primary dates and time for the 2023 Moonlight Paddles:
September 29 Corn Moon 6:40 PM rise
October 28 Hunter’s Moon 5:26 PM rise
Moonlight paddles are a weather dependent activity. In case of wind, rain or clouds we'll have to cancel or postpone. Check your email (members), the West Harbor Pond Facebook page, or this page for the specific details each month. A cancellation or change will be called by 5:00pm on the day of the event if necessary.
NO WHPWA PLANT SALE FOR 2022 OR 2023
The complication of the Asian jumping worm causes WHPWA
to cancel plant sale for 2022 and 2023
The WHPWA has made the difficult decision to cancel the planned plant sale for the 2022 season. This decision was made specifically because of the prevalence of the Asian jumping worm in Maine, and the fear that without careful planning the sale of plants could encourage the spread of this pest in our gardens and yards. We hope to be able to continue the WHPWA plant sales in future years as we learn more about dealing with this problematic creature.
More information on the Asian jumping worm may be found in this Portland Press-Herald article on the topic
© 2023 by West Harbor Pond Watershed Association.