Category Archives: Fishing

New book highlights 50 best places to fly fish the Northeast

Ever sit around a campfire with some fishing buddies and start brainstorming new places to wet a line? Sure, we all have. That’s how some of us end up with our fishing “bucket lists.” We listen to our pals, hear their tales, and say to ourselves, “Some day,” I’ll go. Bob Mallard, owner of the […]

Can you top this: Fort Kent angler catches trout with a Slim Jim wrapper on an Air Force base

We asked. You answered. In what may be one of the most epic fish tales I’ve ever heard, I’m happy to share the story that Mike Jacksson of Fort Kent passed along. First, the short backstory: A few weeks ago, after David Baker caught a bass while using a Bangor Daily News novelty key chain […]

Forest rangers invite public to help landowners, clean up illegal dumping sites

Most of the state’s outdoor enthusiasts spend at least a portion of their time afield on private land, thanks to the landowners who allow access to their acreage. Some parcels of land are large, others small. But wherever people recreate in Maine, there is a common problem that threatens future access for all of us. […]

Reader uses BDN novelty key chain to land a bass

David Baker of Glenburn recently caught a bass on a novelty BDN key chain that he fitted with hooks. (Photo courtesy of David Baker)

A few years ago, in preparation for the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show and other events we’d be staffing, a member of our promotions staff found a cool novelty item that we’d give to folks when they visited our booth. Officially, they were key chains with the BDN logo emblazoned on them. But these key chains […]

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine won’t endorse candidates in gubernatorial, federal races

Citing a broad coalition of politicians it has relied on for help in an ongoing fight to defeat a referendum that would ban the use of three methods of hunting bears in Maine, the state’s largest sportsman’s group on Friday announced that it will not endorse candidates in the state’s gubernatorial race, nor in U.S. […]

Outdoor guy turns Pinterest project into rake/rod rack

The storage bin, completed (sans wheels). Note the fly rods in a position of honor on the left.

I am not, as far as I can tell, the target audience of Pinterest. Let’s get that out of the way right off. Not that I have anything against the internet idea exchange that so many have embraced over the past couple of years, of course. My wife, Karen, a regular Pinterest-checker, has found all […]

Atlantic salmon returns lagging on the Penobscot and in Canada

For more than a century, conservationists have sought to restore the Atlantic salmon population in the Penobscot River. Each year, river-watchers eagerly await the return of those fish, many of which are trapped and transported to a hatchery where they’ll be used to produce the next generation of Penobscot salmon. Unfortunately, for the third consecutive […]

Series of fisheries hearings on tap around state

Avid anglers may want to make plans to attend one of four public hearings on proposed fishing regulations over the coming days. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed a slate of new regulations that will govern anglers during open water and ice fishing seasons. The public is encouraged to attend a […]