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John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.

Finicky fish no match for drift boat trip winner

John St. Onge of Cumberland makes a cast while fishing the East Outlet of the Kennebec River on June 19, 2016. St. Onge was fishing with guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop after winning the BDN's annual drift boat trip contest. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Finding fish, Maine guide Dan Legere will tell you, can be pretty easy at this time of year, when the tell-tale rings of rising trout and salmon dapple the waters of the East Outlet of the Kennebec River. Figuring out what those fish are actually feeding on? That can be a bit of a challenge. […]

Stripers in Old Town? You bet!

Denis Dauphinee of Bradley celebrates after he catches his first striped bass in seven years during a recent trip on the Penobscot River. In the ensuing days, Dauphinee and his son have caught more than 100 stripers in the river. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

The trip was, supposedly, a shad-fishing expedition. That’s what we told each other, and, as you can read here, the shad did cooperate when a group of anglers headed to Old Town’s Shad Rips last week. But there were surprises lurking in the waters of the Penobscot River, we quickly found out. Pete Douvarjo of […]

State record 13-pound rainbow trout caught in Vinalhaven quarry pond

Tim Kelley  shows off the state record rainbow trout he caught June 4, 2016, in a quarry pond on Vinalhaven. Kelley's fish weighed 13 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 32 1/2 inches long. (Stephanie Palmer photo)

When Tim Kelley came back to Maine to visit with family members, the Waldoboro native figured that a fishing trip near his dad’s Vinalhaven home was in order. Kelley, who now lives in Arkansas, had modest goals — he was fishing in one of several quarry ponds on the island, which sits about 15 miles […]

Shad, river herring pouring into Penobscot

Cory Gardner, a research technician working for UMaine’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology and USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, holds a radio receiver above the surface of the water, listening for tagged salmon and shad, on Friday, while floating from Old Town to Brewer on the Penobscot River in 2014. BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki

Several years ago, before the removal of two dams on the Penobscot River as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, I spoke with a conservationist who had a pretty good idea what would transpire in the future. That man, Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited, pointed at the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, which […]

Saturday family fun day in Brewer offers outdoor activities for all

If you’re looking to spend some times learning new skills and introducing your kids to outdoor activities, the folks at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer have just the event for you. On Saturday, June 4, the club is holding a Family Fun Day at their clubhouse, which is located off Route 9 (North […]

Colleagues remember longtime fisheries biologist

Dave Boucher, a longtime fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, weighs a fish on Lake St. George in the fall of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Scott Davis)

You probably never met Dave Boucher. You probably never think of him when you reel in a trout or a salmon, or when you hop off the boat after a beautiful day of fishing with family and friends. You probably don’t realize he was a fisheries biologist for more than 30 years, and devoted his […]

Warden file on Largay disappearance leaves plenty of questions

Geraldine Largay  is shown in the last known photo taken of the Appalachian Trail hiker, whose trail name was "Inchworm." (Photo courtesy of Maine Warden Service)

In July of 2013, Geraldine Largay, an Appalachian Trail hiker who went by the trail name Inchworm, disappeared in the mountains of western Maine. More than two years later, her skeletal remains were found on a high piece of ground about 3,000 feet from the trail, where she apparently set up camp after becoming lost. […]

No-scare bear: Carmel homeowner videotapes feeder-raiding bruin

Bear at the feeder. (Jim Thorne photo)

Jim Thorne has lived in his Carmel home for 20 years, and has enjoyed life on the edge of the woods. For the past few years, he said he has noticed an interesting phenomenon. “In past years, the pole [for the bird feeder] has been bent over,” Thorne said. “I thought it was a fat […]

Got your turkey yet? Tell us about it!

As Maine’s wild turkey season reaches its halfway point in most Wildlife Management Districts, a couple of observations: My inbox has been devoid of those dreaded messages from the Maine Warden Service informing news media of hunting accidents. That’s a good thing. Here’s hoping hunters remain vigilant and safety-conscious, and that everyone’s trips afield remain […]