Category Archives: Fishing

Clubs encouraged to enter landowner appreciation cleanup contest

A few weeks back, I received an email from a BDN reader who had an unfortunately common complaint. Someone had been dumping trash on his property, the reader said, and he was fed up. He always allowed others to recreate on his land but was leaning toward changing that policy and posting acres of prime […]

Big fish! Vassalboro woman wins Fort Kent derby with 44-inch muskie

Debby Cabaniss of Vassalboro shows off the 44 3/8-inch muskie that she caught to win the 11th annual Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. The fish weighed 23 pounds, 13 ounces. She won $2,100 for her efforts. (Photo courtesy of Fort Kent International Muskie Derby)

About five years ago, hooked by the muskie-fishing bug, the Cabaniss family of Vassalboro began looking for places to fish. “My husband, he’s been fishing, or trying to fish, for muskies for several years,” Debby Cabaniss explained. “He went to Wisconsin with my son five years ago, and then we realized that we had some […]

Local author wins national award

Randy Spencer recently won a national award for his book ""Wide and Deep: Tales From a Master Maine Fishing Guide."(Courtesy of Randy Spencer)

As a registered Maine guide, Randy Spencer spends more time in the woods and on the water in a single season than most of us do over a span of years. The people he meets, the places he goes and the critters he sees provide fodder for another of Spencer’s passions: writing. Recently, his second […]

Past Penobscot Salmon Club vandalism prompts cautious approach to access

A photo of the rock and plaque near the Penobscot Salmon Club in Brewer perpetuating the memory of Horace Bond, who caught the presidential salmon three times. (BDN File Photo)

For decades, the Penobscot Salmon Club has occupied a beautiful spot along the river’s Brewer shore, welcoming anglers who sought migrating fish returning from the sea. Salmon fishing hasn’t been allowed on the river since a planned season was canceled in 2009, after the species was federally listed as endangered on the Penobscot. Still, the […]

Atlantic salmon count on the Penobscot up to 560

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

While we’re talking about the Penobscot, biologists with the Maine Department of Marine Resources report that Atlantic salmon continue to return to the river. Mitch Simpson, a biologist for the DMR’s Division of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat, said in his weekly report that a total of 560 salmon had returned to the fish lift at […]

Note to anglers: New striped bass regulations in effect

Adam Martins fishes for Striped Bass at Fisherman's Park at the Penobscot River in Brewer on Tuesday, June 30. Dominique Hessert | BDN

Late last week I told you about the welcome return of striped bass to the Penobscot River — a development that has lured anglers back to a river that has been largely striper-free for the past several years. But over the weekend, a couple of readers checked in to point out that this year’s striper […]

Stripers in the Penobscot? You bet!

Hunter Pate of Orrington shows off a striped bass he caught recently off his family's dock on the Penobscot River. Pate, his family and friends had caught 39 stripers over a six-day span. (Photo courtesy of Sue Pate)

Just four years ago, despite his best efforts, Hunter Pate caught only one striped bass in the Penobscot River. To many, that wouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, according to Maine Department of Marine Resources data, the bottom had fallen out of the state’s striper fishery, and many anglers had simply stopped […]

Guide teaches fly fishing lessons on annual drift boat trip

Harvey Siebert of Owls Head (left), fishes as guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop watches for signs of fish during a drift boat trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River on June 14, 2015. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

On Saturday evening, guide Dan Legere and I began an ominous text-message conversation …. not the ideal situation when you’re just hours away from embarking on a drift boat trip on one of Maine’s top fly-fishing rivers. The East Outlet of the Kennebec — our destination for Sunday’s annual “Win a Drift Boat Trip” adventure […]

Author Doiron shines in latest Maine woods mystery

Through five books (and counting), readers have rooted for game warden Mike Bowditch, the protagonist of author Paul Doiron’s series of novels set in the Maine woods. It hasn’t always been easy, as Bowditch has proven prickly, impetuous, hot-headed and downright reckless at times. In his latest book, “The Precipice,” the Camden author has lived […]

Casting with colleagues: If you don’t bleed, you’re ahead of the game

atalie Feulner of the BDN fly fishes Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor under the watchful eye of her husband, Brian Feulner. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

When you work in a building that sits on a stream, (which, in turn, empties into a mighty river just a few hundred yards away), it’s easy for your thoughts to start revolving around fishing. That’s my excuse, anyway. And ever since the Bangor Daily News moved downtown, and I mentioned to a colleague that […]