Ice fisherman are happy to see the current cold snap that is affecting Aroostook County, as it will help create and thicken ice conditions on lakes and ponds.

Curious what the current ice conditions are? We've got the 2015 ice fishing preview for Aroostook County with information generated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Even Aroostook was not immune to the December warm weather, with ice slow to form on many lakes in the area. Before Christmas, only the small ponds had ice in the 6-8” range. Cooler weather has helped, and anglers should have a variety of ponds to choose from during the early season.

Nickerson Lake and Mud Pond in Linneus offer some fast fishing for ice anglers. The department heavily stocks these ponds and the high catch rates show its working. Trout anglers will catch fish in the 12-14” range, and some lucky anglers may latch on to some over 18”.

Once the ice improves, expect so see some good salmon fishing on the Fish River chain, including Long Lake. Looking for some other ponds to try? Try Portage Lake and Carr Pond for some good fishing.

What are the current ice conditions where you are?