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Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine

Bald Ridges. These begin just outside Wooden Ball Island and run off in a nearly direct line for Matinicus Rock. They are each from 1/4 to mile wide, are quite close together, the distances between them being not over mile, and they are almost parallel with each other. Soundings show from 15 to 30 fathoms upon them, with a broken, rocky bottom. The shoalest water is about 1 mile from Wooden Ball Island, the depth increasing toward the southern end.

This is a good cod ground at all times when the fish are on the coast, the spring school being the largest. The shoal is a favorite place for rock cod. Haddock are present from January 1 to February 15, Hake are abundant in their season on the mud bottom inside the Bald Ridges 1 miles WSW, in 50 fathoms it is a good lobster ground.