As a reminder this weekend marks the annual Sebago Lakes Ice Fishing derby, all Info here:

And with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve enjoyed this last week, everyone’s mind should be on safety first! The annual Ice Fishing Derby not too far away, in Meredith, N.H. had to be postponed further into late February early March in hopes for colder night temperatures to allow for a safe event, and there is a lot of ice fishing here in Maine that is already very challenged if it takes place on active, moving waters. Here is an article from one of the three major local networks that highlights the challenges the sport of ice fishing and the many who love to get out on safe ice, are facing this year:

Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants you to enjoy the season and everything our great Sebago Lakes Region here in Maine has to offer. Please be extra-careful when it comes to getting out on the ice, especially on any waterway that experiences any type of flow, which need not be a “river or stream”. Here is an example that many will understand. As you drive west past our office in Naples going by the intersection of Rte 11 on Route 302, after you go by Brays – many of us locals will reger to Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern as “Brays” out of habit, for a long time to come – and you approach the water just past Merced’s on your left and the giant flagpole on your right, take a moment sometime to stop near the causeway and take notice of this natural consistent condition. The water that flows near the Causeway Bridge, especially looking south the opposite direction from the magnificent view of Mt. Washington off to your right traveling westward, and notice the open water. The consistent very slow current keeps the northernmost end of Brandy Pond open water year-round, and notice how far the open water extends from the causeway. Heed the Maine Warden Service warnings please!

Be safe, enjoy our special Sebago Lakes Region Of Maine, and make it a great week!