Calling all Lead-Free Anglers!
The Fish Lead Free project is looking for anglers to submit photos of the biggest fish they have caught using lead-free fishing tackle. We want to find the biggest fish that have been caught for our lead-free fishing hall of fame. The angler with the largest fish will have their picture put on our website cover page for all to see, so get fishing!
Below we have our first entry, an 18 inch Large Mouth Bass caught by Conor Nadeau from Cumberland, Maine using tin split shot.
18” Large-Mouth Bass caught by Conor Nadeau
If you think your fish deserves to be in the Lead-Free Fishing Hall of Fame send us an email with your picture (high resolution JPEGs only), your name, lake location, what tackle you used, and the size of the fish in the picture (no cheating!) to email@example.com.
Lead Tackle Exchange Kits: Get Free Tackle!
We are looking for organizations and individuals interested in hosting lead tackle exchanges. Exchanges can be a one-time event or an ongoing collection at your local library, municipality, marina, or office.
We supply a kit with all you need to get started: information about Maine’s lead-free sinker and jig law, lead-free sinkers and jigs to distribute to anglers and a collection container for old lead tackle. Kits will be ready to distribute by early June. Sign up now!
Loons & Lead Outreach Programs
Do you have an organization or civic group in need of a speaker? Would you like to learn what you can do to help Maine’s amazing Common Loon? We have an exciting and informative 45-minute multi-media presentation available. Filled with new video and award-winning photos, this interactive presentation will answer all the questions you’ve ever had about loons in Maine. You will also hear about the many varieties of lead-free tackle on the market and have the opportunity to take some to try for yourself. Call now to reserve!
Dead Loon Hotline: (207) 781-6180 x275
This summer, we are looking fo assistance recovering dead loons from Maine’s lakes and ponds. Over the last 30 years, we have recovered 500 dead loons. With the help of Tufts WildlifeClinic, we have documented that lead poisoning continues to be the leading cause of death for adult loons in Maine. We would like to increase our collection efforts this year. Please call the hotline if you see a sick, injured or dead loon, and we will collect and transport it to Tufts Wildlife Clinic.
For more information, contact:
Susan Gallo, Maine Audubon Wildlife Biologist
(207) 781-6180 x216