Anglers cash in at annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Chris St. Amand shows off the 5 pound, 13.4 ounce landlocked salmon he caught to win $1,500 at the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bernier)

The ice may be iffy in other parts of the state, but anglers flocked to the northern part of the state over the weekend to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes during the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Derby chairman Paul Bernier reported that a record 893 anglers registered for the event. […]

Snowmobilers gearing up for tri-state weekend

A trio of snowmobilers heads out of Fort Kent in 2015. (BDN photo by Julia Bayly).

Maine businesses and snowmobile clubs are preparing to roll out the red carpet for out-of-state riders this weekend, as enthusiasts from Vermont and New Hampshire head to the state to try out the trails for free. Mainers are offered the same opportunity in those states Jan. 29-31. The weekend is the first of two “free” […]

Attention young ‘North Woods Law’ fans: Camp North Woods returns this summer

Maine Game Wardens featured in the Animal Planet TV show "North Woods Law" pose for a photo in front of the Maine Warden Service mobile command vehicle on April 5, 2012. Pictured are Jonathan Parker (left), Kim Bates, Sgt. Tim Spahr, Kristopher MacCabe and Josh Bubier. (BDN Photo by John Holyoke)

Young fans of the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law” will have the chance to learn some outdoor skills from their favorite Maine Game Wardens again this summer at Camp North Woods. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife debuted the camp in 2015. Campers, in order to build upon the TV show’s […]

Organizers postpone Hancock County fishing derby citing dangerous ice

Steve Burtt of Orrington tries his luck ice fishing on Brewer Lake on Jan. 6, 2016. Burtt said he drilled a hole through three or four inches of ice, but the ice farther away from shore looked to be much thinner. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

HOLDEN, Maine — The organizer of one of the region’s largest ice fishing derbies announced on Monday that this weekend’s G&M Family Market Hancock County derby will be postponed because of dangerous ice conditions. Greg Hawes of G&M Family Market was optimistic last week that a recent cold snap would make local lakes fishable by […]

Fishing derby organizers rewarded with recent cold snap

Nathan Paradis of Biddeford (left), with former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven, caught this 20.66-pound lake trout to win the 8th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven last weekend. The fish was 37.5 inches long. Citing concerns about ice conditions, derby organizers have added a weekend to this year's event.  (Photo courtesy of Tim Obrey)

After mild weather in December and early January left ice anglers on dry land, a week of frigid weather has socked in many of the state’s lakes and ponds, and organizers of upcoming fishing derbies have exhaled a collective sigh of relief. The derbies, it appears, will go on. “I certainly feel a lot more […]

Ice concerns spur Moosehead derby organizers to add another weekend

Nathan Paradis of Biddeford (left), with former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven, caught this 20.66-pound lake trout to win the 8th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven last weekend. The fish was 37.5 inches long. Citing concerns about ice conditions, derby organizers have added a weekend to this year's event.  (Photo courtesy of Tim Obrey)

According to the original plan, the 9th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven was to be held Jan. 29-31 on Maine’s largest lake. Old Man Winter hasn’t been cooperating, which has spurred organizers to hedge their bet as they wait for safe ice to form. “It is uncertain what the ice conditions will […]

Penobscot’s 2015 salmon run the highest since 2011

An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway at Brookfield Energy in Milford Wednesday. After more than three decades capturing Atlantic salmon at the Veazie Dam, that operation has moved to Milford, where a new fishlift was unveiled in 2014. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

The Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot River, the lone Maine river with a significant salmon run, have been dwindling in recent years. After a solid year in 2011, when 3,125 salmon returned and were counted, the yearly totals dropped to 624 in 2012, 381 in 2013, and an all-time low (since 1978) in 261. […]

Think a cold snap has made the ice safe? Think again

Steve Burtt of Orrington tries his luck ice fishing on Brewer Lake on Jan. 6, 2016. Burtt said he drilled a hole through three or four inches of ice, but the ice farther away from shore looked to be much thinner. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

After “suffering” through a December of mild weather, the state’s ice anglers have received a New Year’s gift, with a cold snap that has surely begun to freeze up Maine’s lakes and ponds. Notice I used the words “begun to.” That’s an important. That doesn’t mean that lakes or ponds are necessarily safe to fish, […]