Category Archives: Fishing

Bangor Muni gears up for youth fishing event on golf course

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife volunteer Ethan Roderick dumps a bucket full of trout into the Bangor Municipal Golf Course pond Wednesday in Bangor. Around 150 trout were released in the pond in ahead of a kids' fishing day set for Sunday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

In any given year, golfers splash about 2,000 balls into the pond that sits in front of Bangor Municipal Golf Course’s second hole, according to club pro Brian Enman. But on Wednesday afternoon, it was brook trout — not golf balls — that were splashing around in the water hazard, as a hatchery crew from […]

‘North Woods Law’ stars to appear at Maine Wildlife Park on Saturday

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)

Attention “North Woods Law” fans: If you’ve been looking for a chance to visit with your favorite local TV star, you’ll get that chance on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Game wardens who appear in the Animal Planet TV show will be on hand at the park from 9:30 a.m. […]

Fall fishing, foliage will pick up soon

We’re less than a week from the official beginning of autumn, and though our afternoon temps aren’t feeling very fall-ish, it won’t be long before we’re enjoying all the season has to offer. Many folks will tell you that fall is their favorite Maine season; if you’re an outdoorsy type, you may be a member […]

Charter captain says great white shark spotted off Mount Desert Rock

Captain Pete Douvarjo of Eggemoggin Guide Service in Sedgwick fishes from his boat, "Reel Life," on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. In the background is Mount Desert Rock. BDN photo by John Holyoke

Over the past 15 years, Capt. Pete Douvarjo has seen all kinds of interesting things on the water while taking charter clients fishing on the Atlantic. So when the owner of Eggemoggin Guide Service saw a large fin off his starboard bow during his return from a shark-fishing excursion on Tuesday afternoon, he thought he […]

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 […]