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The 2023 Fishing Derby will run through the and of August.  For all of the details of the Derby, go to the FIshing Derby Information Page.

The West Harbor Pond Fishing Derby ran from July-August 2022, and the winners have been declared.  For the categories for which entries were submitted, here are the winners:

White Perch: 10.5 inches, caught by Zachary Bujno
wski, August 14th
Large Mouth Bass: 16 inches, caught by Zachary Bujnowski, August 13th
Small Mouth Bass: 6 inches, caught by James Byrne on August 28th

Large Mouth Bass: 16 inches, caught by Ralph Colby, July 28th
Small Mouth Bass: 13 inches, caught by Valerie Breen, July 29th

For the month of August there was one additional winner:
Large Mouth Bass: 14 inches, caught by Gordon Haldeman on August 13th
(Ralph Colby's July catch was the overall winner in this category)

West Harbor Pond hats go to all of the winners, and "hats off" to them for their success!

To the right is the pictorial submission from the Martterer
family, along with which was this "fish story":

"My husband Jamie and I have owned a home on WHP for
nearly 11 years. Summer is a magical time here, made even
more special by our annual family vacation, where my sister
(Lisa), her husband (Patrick), their two kids (George and
Martin), and my parents (Paul and Patrice) travel from
Rochester, NY and Rexford, NY, respectively. We've been
doing this each year since we bought our home, so all of the
kids (George, Martin, and our son, James) have had the
luxury of this annual vacation each year of their young lives. We spend our days on the dock, jumping into the pond, swimming, digging for worms, playing badminton, toasting marshmallows on the bonfire, doing puzzles, cooking great meals, eating ice cream, going to Shermans, and in general, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 2022 has been another banner year (perfect weather, everyone in good health) and excitement levels are HIGH for the West Harbor Pond fishing derby. George and Martin are such good teachers for their little cousin, James (our son), and helped him reel in his very first fish this year. Outside of that, they have both had spectacular catches, detailed below. 


Thanks for putting this event together - We hope it's an annual!!"

The West Harbor Pond Fishing Derby is an opportunity for fishermen (-women and -kids) to enjoy one of their favorite Pond activities in a friendly competition, to meet other like-minded Pond neighbors, maybe find some new friends, share the stories of their big catches online, and possibly get a trophy hat for a "Biggest in Class" catch.  It is also a way for everybody to discover more about what is really swimming about out there in the Pond, and probably pick up a few choice photos for this website. 

Ralph Colby's 16 inch Largemouth


Valerie Breen's 13 inch Smallmouth

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Zach Bujnowski's 16 inch Largemouth

James Biyrne's 6 inch Smallmouth

Gordon Haldeman's 14 inch Largemouth

Fishing -- a year-round activity on West Harbor Pond

Any time of the year is the right time to go for a local fishing "excursion" on West Harbor Pond.  Whether from land, canoe, or out on the ice, fishing is always a great way to spend some time on the Pond.  Here are several great articles about fishing on the Pond, written by some of those who know best - and a warning about the possible effects of the changing ice cover:

Open-Water Fishing in West Harbor Pond by Captain Barry Gibson

Fly Fishing West Harbor Pond by Steve Rubicam

Ice Fishing on West Harbor Pond by Dave McFarland

The Fishes of West Harbor Pond by Jason Seiders (Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

Diminishing Ice Cover on Maine's Lakes Could Impact Fish Populations - Portland Press Herald

Please remember that a valid Maine fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or older to fish in inland waters or transport fish taken from inland waters.  For more information see the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.

© 2024 by West Harbor Pond Watershed Association.

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