Rangeley Lake Ice-Out on May 4, 2011

Reggie Hammond of the Maine Warden Service declared Ice-Out on Rangeley Lake at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.  Ice-Out on Mooselookmeguntic Lake was Monday, May 2nd.  Ice-Out photos below are courtesy of Kevin Sinnett. [Read more…]

Mooselook Salmon Need Your Help!

“Mooselookmeguntic Lake’s landlocked salmon need your help!” reads a message from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The landlocked salmon has been one of Maine’s most highly prized sport fish and Mooselookmeguntic Lake in the Rangeley Lakes Region has been one of the premier places to catch this game fish for over 125 years. The community is holding a weekend salmon fishing event, the “Mooselook” Salmon Initiative” on June 11, 12, 13 on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. There is currently an overabundance of landlocked salmon in Mooselookmeguntic Lake, known to many as “Mooselook”. This has led to a decline in the growth rates and quality of salmon available to anglers. “Reducing numbers of land- locked salmon, particularly the smaller fish between 12 and 16 inches, is important to restore the lake’s forage (smelts) to a level that can support better growth for the salmon”, said event organizer Gerry White from River’s Edge Sports.

Because this salmon fishery is supported entirely by natural reproduction, harvest by anglers is the only tool for reducing the number of salmon and restoring a reasonable balance between the salmon and their primary forage base which are smelts”, said IFW Regional Fisheries Biologist Dave Boucher. Since 2006, additional salmon harvest has been encouraged by Mooselook’s fisheries managers, with a 12” minimum and a 3 fish daily bag limit. This has worked to prevent a further decline in the quality of salmon in Mooselookmeguntic Lake, but more harvest is necessary if dramatic improvements are to be realized. “Increasing the salmon harvest should, over time, improve the average size of salmon available to anglers, and enhance the value of sport fisheries in the lake and its tributaries, including the Kennebago River”, added Boucher.

Lower salmon abundance should also benefit the lake’s very special wild brook trout population through reduced competition and improved forage. The department enthusiastically supports the newly formed Mooselook Salmon Initiative.” This a initiative recently adopted by a group of guides, camp owners, and recreational fishermen supported by the Rangeley Region Guides’ & Sportsmen’s’ Assoc. (RRG&SA), Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM), Rangeley, Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust.

The object is to catch and remove as many legal salmon as possible”, added White. Existing length and bag limit regulations will still be in effect. Participants can register at the lakes boat landings or at river’s Edge Sports in Oquossoc during the weekend of the event. Anglers can enjoy the tasty salmon themselves or donate them to available representatives of the local food bank. Because many boats are expected from various waters around the state, Courtesy Boat Inspectors will be on hand to greet event participants and to inspect boats and trailers to prevent any invasive aquatic plants from being introduced to the lake. Registration is free and you will receive a packet of informational material including complimentary memberships to the Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsman’s Association and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, coupons, gift certificates, and more from Rangeley area businesses.

For more information visit www.rangeleyguidesandsportsmen.org or call Rivers Edge Sports 864-5582.

Mooselook Salmon Initiative to be held on June 11, 12, and 13 on Mooselookmeguntic Lake

Attention fishermen! “Mooselookmeguntic Lake landlocked salmon need your help!” reads a message from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “There is currently an over-abundance of landlocked salmon in Mooselookmeguntic Lake. This has led to a decline in growth rates and quality of salmon available to anglers. Reducing numbers of salmon, particularly those between 12 and 16 inches, is necessary to restore the lake’s forage (smelts) to a level that can support better growth for salmon. [Read more…]

Dorothy H. Duke

Rangeley Summer Resident and Animal Lover

Dorothy H. Duke

TIMONIUM, MD – Dorothy “Dottie” H. Duke died Friday, January 8th at the Gilchrist Hospice Care Center in Towson, Maryland after a valiant 9 year battle with breast cancer. She was 86.

Dorothy Hammer was born on December 17, 1923 in Baltimore and raised on Frederick Avenue. She was a 1941 graduate of Forest Park High School and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

“Charcoal was her medium of choice, with portraits and landscapes her preferred subjects,” said her husband of 53 years, Chester A. “Chet” Duke, a semi-retired CLU with the New York Life Insurance Company.

Mrs. Duke worked as a telephone operator for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and later as a bookkeeper for the old Robert Garrett & Sons, a Baltimore brokerage firm, before her marriage.

A longtime resident of Wakefield in Dulaney Valley, Mrs. Duke’s philanthropic interests included the Baltimore Community Foundation, ARC of Baltimore, Virginia Tech Foundation,  the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Rangeley Friends of the Arts, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society, among many other worthwhile charities.

For over 50 years, Mrs. Duke enjoyed attending football and basketball games at Virginia Tech, where her husband earned his bachelor’s degree.

An avid world traveler, Mrs. Duke enjoyed many ocean cruises, particularly to Norway, Alaska and Hawaii. Also a railway train buff, she was thrilled when she was a passenger on the famous Orient Express in the mid 1990s, not long after it was restored to service. She also attended annual New York Life Chairman’s Council educational meetings with her husband.

She acquired a love of Maine from her husband who was stationed at Winter Harbor as a member of the US Naval Intelligence during World War II. In 1978, after exploring many areas of Maine, they settled on Mooselookmeguntic Lake, staying at Clearwater Camps (formerly known as Camp Edan) for 18 years. In the fall of 1996, Mr. & Mrs. Duke purchased their summer home, Captain Barker’s daughter’s camp, the “Poet’s Lodge” on Mooselookmeguntic Lake, from local resident, Fred Harnden.

A lifelong lover of animals, she adored her pets, a Golden Retriever, Chester III and three cats, Hokie, Baxter and Samantha.

She was a communicant of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium, Maryland, where a memorial service was held on Saturday, January 16th.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Lisa A. Duke and Sherrie L. Duke, both of Timonium, Maryland; a sister, Carole Hammer Goodrich of Centreville, Maryland; and three nieces and a nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, P.O. Box 333, Rangeley, Me. 04970, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 249, Oquossoc, Me. 04964, the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society, P.O. Box 521, Rangeley, Me. 04970 or the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Road, Farmington, Me. 04938.