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Trade in the lead; go loon-safe instead

Anglers, bring your old lead tackle to the State of Maine Sportsman's Show on Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, at the Augusta Civic Center and exchange your lead sinkers and lead-headed jigs at the Maine Audubon booth for lead-free alternatives.

Lead fishing gear is a leading cause of death for adult loons. To protect loons and other wildlife, Maine state law bans the use and sale of lead sinkers and unpainted lead-headed jigs that weigh 1 ounce or less, or that measure 2½ inches or less.


7 Lakes Alliance also accepts lead tackle and exchanges it for lead-free sinkers and jigs at our offices at 137 Main St. in the Belgrade Lakes village.

Maine Audubon and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have partnered with the following tackle shops to provide a $10 store voucher to anyone who turns in 1 ounce or more of lead fishing tackle. The retailers are Indian Hill Trading Post at Moosehead Lake, Dag’s Bait Shop and Willey's Sport Center in Auburn, and BackWoods Bait and Tackle in Chesterville.

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