Get the kids into the Great Maine Outdoors this weekend for Youth Ice Fishing Day in Brewer.


The Penobscot County Conservation Association is hosting their annual 'Youth Ice Fishing Day' event this Sunday, February 20 with a day of winter fishing starting at 9 AM. This 5-hour event will be a free day of fishing for kids ages toddler to 15.  The event will be taking place at the Penobscot County Conservation Association's headquarters at  LeVasseur Pond in Brewer on North Main Street.

Bring the kids and have a good time

Parents can let the experts do their thing since experienced sportspeople will be on-hand to monitor and teach your kids if you lack experience in this skill. They will be providing the bait and equipment as well as have spots on the pond with pre-drilled holes and pre-placed ice fishing traps.

A donation to the club can get you a warm beverage and snacks while at the event.

About PCCA

The Penobscot County Conservation Association is a club out of Brewer that uses its efforts to promote and preserve the sporting spirit in Penobscot County. They are a part of lots of local events that happen in the area including The Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show in March and The Bangor Gun Show in September.

For more information and discussion about the event, check out the Penobscot County Conservation Association's Facebook event 'PCCA Annual Children's Ice Fishing Day'.


Advice on fishing with kids

Here are some pointers for you and the kids get to get the most out of this day, from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife:

  • Take it easy, relax and get your mind in a place of patience
  • Make it fun and give the kiddos kudos for being patient and cooperative
  • Start simple to avoid unnecessary frustration
  • Use your trip as a teaching opportunity and let the kiddos do things themselves instead of doing it all yourself

Here's a few things you may need if you plan on doing more ice fishing before the ice is gone for the season.

15 Must-Have Items For Ice Fishing Season In Maine

Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.

Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.

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