“I want to get the pike out of Sebago Lake. They are reproducing like you wouldn’t believe,” testified Representative Lester Ordway of Standish, who lives on the lake and said he has had to guard his little dog against Eagles, and is now worried about pike whenever the dog jumps into the lake.
“The salmon fishing is coming back big time,” reported Ordway, “but pike are going to be disastrous.”
Representative Jessica Fay of Raymond joined Ordway in testifying for the bill, noting that a pike “is a really scary looking fish.” She has a camp on the lake and saw a huge pike reeled in by an angler in a boat. She noted that landlocked salmon is the economic driver in that area. Pike were illegally introduced into Sebago in 2003.
Ordway’s bill, LD 190, would allow spearfishing for pike in Sebago Lake. It got a spirited debate during the IFW Committee’s work session.