As part of our Love Our Lakes program, we have erected our first lead tackle disposal receptacle at the boat launch at Unity Pond (Lake Winnecook). Lead tackle can be deposited in the receptacle and will be disposed of properly, and you can pick up free lead-free tackle in exchange. Just call our office on Tuesday or Wednesday to set up a time to come and select your free tackle. You can also get a fishing kit for children as a bonus. The program isn’t necessarily a one-for-one exchange, and there is a great variety of non-toxic tackle to try.
We hope to set up the stations around the county, so let us know if you know of a fishing hot spot on a large pond or lake that could use one.
Why get rid of lead tackle?
Lead commonly found in fishing tackle is highly toxic, and hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Wildlife species are affected by ingesting lead fishing tackle, particularly the common loon. Loon bodies and behavior make them susceptible to lead poisoning.
What better time than right now to clean out your tackle box, making fishing safer for you, your children, and Maine’s wildlife?