The serious fisherman may enjoy ICE FISHING as much as open water fishing here at Cozy Cove Cabins. You can fish for Togue, Salmon, Trout or Cusk right outside your cabin on Big Wood Lake. By January 1st, the lake is usually covered with 3 feet of ice so bring your auger and your ice shoes because when the flags start to fly, you may need to run to find that "record breaking" fish.
The best winter fishing month is January but you can be rewarded with a great catch throughout the winter season. Some fishermen have "luck" right off shore and some prefer that "favorite spot" on the lake. You can get to your favorite fishing spot on foot, with a snowmobile or ATV (depends on the snow), or your vehicle.
We do not offer ice shacks, or Bob houses (as some call them) to rent but if you are interested in one, we can give you a person to contact to rent one.
Season: Ice fishing season is from January 1st through March 31st. Visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife for more information on ice fishing regulations or to obtain a license online.
License: You can obtain a Maine fishing license online or in town when you arrive.
Ice Safety: The ice traveler should look for bluish ice that is at least 4 to 6 inches thick, in order to support people and their gear. Dark snow and dark ice are signs of weak spots. "Thick and blue, tried and true. Thin and crispy, way to risky."
What is SPLAKE? "Splake is a hybrid resulting from the fertilizing of eggs from the lake trout with sperm from the brook trout." Big Wood lake is stocked with Splake.
What to bring: Fishing gear, ice auger, ice spikes, flashlight, layers of clothes, portable ice shack, and many friends! Most of our body heat is lost through your head and neck. So wear a hat and cover your face and neck…don’t forget waterproof gloves and wind gear.
1) Safety First. Be careful close to the shore as the ice is thinner there. Always check the ice thickness.You can use your chisel or auger to make test holes.
2) Find your spot, drill your hole, and set your traps. Don't forget to clean the hole of ice chunks. Fish can be found just under the ice or near the bottom. You can measure the depth by clipping a sounder to your line and dropping the line into the hole until the line goes slack. Don't forget to check that the flag will be tripped once the line gets pulled. Check your bait every hour or to make sure it's still wiggling.
3) Once your flag has been tripped, you should check your trap as soon as possible. If you plan on keeping the fish, measure it to ensure it meets the legal catch length.
4) When you are done fishing, be sure to pack everything out with you. Do not dispose of bait in the water.
For more information, please see the Maine IFW Guide to Ice Fishing