Anglers in the St John Valley have another boat launch site as they look to hook onto a huge muskie. The Grand Isle site has been in operation for a couple of months and was officially unveiled today by officials of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife . The project took about 7 years to complete and was a joint effort between many groups and agencies.
Leon Buecher ” Funds were a mix of funds. The largest portion was 75 percent of the cost was from US Fish and Wildlife Service through their sport fish restoration program.”
Grand Isle Selectman Bob Dunbar was one of the driving forces behind the project and said it took many agencies working together to make it come to fruition
” Cooperation by all sides. The United State side the Canadian Government to make this possible. Inland Fisheries and Wildlife our local Representatives. A number of people to thank.
One of the stumbling blocks during the construction was habiitat for the Borreal Snaketail . Grand Isle is one of just three locations in the state for the that species of dragonfly
” In exchange for receiving our permit we agreed with the town’s assistance of placing a Habitat Conservation Easement on part of the land. The dragonfly is protected adjacent to the boat launch.”
The landing gets a lot of use. Onezime Dufour who holds the State Record catching a 48 inch 33 pound muskie about a mile upstream from the grand isle site was putting his boat in the water and says the water level at this site is ideal
” The best one so far. The one in Frenchville is ok, but it doesn’t have enough water for the big boat. This one has a lot of water.
Dunbar: “during the past Muskie Derby we had 16 pickups out here. That is testament to how many people actually fish here. I talked to many of them from Fort Kent and Madawaska and they are catching a lot of good size fish.”