Ice-Out on Lake Sebago
April 27, 2013
Photographer: John Stetson
Summary Author: John Stetson
The photo above shows ice melting out of Jordan Bay, an arm of Sebago Lake, Maine. The record of ice-out dates for Lake Sebago/Jordan Bay goes back to the 1800s. This record was probably established to monitor the best time for fishing -- just after ice-out conditions may be particularly favorable for catching landlocked salmon on the lake. The long-term trend shows ice melting out earlier in more recent decades than a century ago. The average ice-out date for Sebago Lake, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, is April 15. This year ice melted out about April 10. It should be noted that the main body of Sebago Lake didn't freeze over this season -- it doesn't always freeze each winter. Photo taken on April 5, 2013.
Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D300; Lens: AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED; Focal Length: 70.0mm (35mm equivalent: 105mm); Aperture: f/9.0; Exposure Time: 0.010 s (1/100); ISO equiv: 200; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh.