Maine lakes, ice fishing featured on two episodes of new NatGeo Channel series, “Ice Holes”

Ep103_007_IceHolesA new reality series about ice fishing in New England is set to premiere Friday, May 30 on the National Geographic Channel, and two episodes are set right here in Maine.

“Ice Holes,” a new show that will follow the exploits of a group of New Hampshire and Maine-based ice fishermen, shot two episodes in Maine over the winter — the third episode of the series, set to air at 10 p.m. Friday, June 6, was filmed on Moosehead Lake and features the fine art of togue (lake trout) fishing, and a later episode, set to air in June, was filmed during the Sebago Lake Ice Fishing Derby, which was held Feb. 15-16 earlier this year.

According to the National Geographic Channel, “Ice Holes” depicts the world of competitive ice fishing, following a tight-knit group of fishermen as they compete against freezing cold and each other every weekend. Personal bets for bragging rights and derby prizes sometimes reaching $100,000 means these die-hard ice fisherman will be anything it takes to catch the big one and win. Other episodes of the series were shot on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

“Ice Holes” joins three other reality TV series either completely set in or prominently featuring Maine: the colorful bargain-hunting characters of “Downeast Dickering” on the History Channel, the eel fishermen of “Cold River Cash” on Animal Planet, and the Maine game wardens of “North Woods Law,” which has been airing for two seasons, also on Animal Planet. 

Emily Burnham

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