Category Archives: Fishing

Finicky fish, windy weather make for challenging vacation angling

BDN outdoor editor John Holyoke battles the waves while fly fishing in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., recently. Holyoke eventually traded the fly rod for a surf-casting rig and eventually caught a nice pompano. (Karen Holyoke photo)

When we headed to sunny Florida on vacation last week, I packed more ambitiously than I had on a similar trip the year before. Added to the flip-flops and T-shirts, I also toted a fly rod and some saltwater flies, and planned to put them to good use. The vacation rental was on the beach, […]

Sedgwick charter captain featured on Travel Channel TV show

Captain Pete Douvarjo of Eggemoggin Guide Service scans the horizon for sharks as a windjammer sails past near Mount Desert Rock on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. BDN photo by John Holyoke

Throughout the summer months, Captain Pete Douvarjo takes all kinds of clients out on his 21-foot Parker, named “Reel Life.” Sometimes he welcomes families aboard, and the registered Maine guide helps them learn to fish for pollack and mackerel. Other times, later in the season, he takes adventurous anglers farther from shore and targets sharks. […]

50th Kenduskeag Stream racers ready to take on whitewater

Don Hummels, Shawn Kennedy, and Alain Laprade celebrate after successfully navigating Six Mile Falls during the 49th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Saturday.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Bright and early Saturday morning, a large throng of paddlers will gather in the town of Kenduskeag, mill about, check their gear, and prepare for the 50th running of one of the region’s iconic spring events. It’s time, once again, for the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. The organizers are ready. The paddlers are eager. And […]

Cumberland man wins 14th BDN drift boat trip contest

Guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop in Greenville (right) takes a photo of Jasper Walsh fishing in the East Outlet of the Kennebec River during a drift boat trip on Sunday, June 15, 2012. Walsh, of Newburgh, won the BDN's annual "Win a Drift Boat Trip" contest. When Legere stopped on a sandbar to prepare lunch, Walsh was tempted by rising fish in the river and waded in to cast flies to them. BDN photo by John Holyoke

As has become our custom, the BDN began accepting entries into our popular “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest at outdoor expos back in February, and as has become your custom, hundreds of interested anglers signed up to spend a day on the water. Our marketing gurus here at 1 Merchants Plaza spiced up the […]

DIF&W staffers get an earful at 15-year plan meetings

Mike Brown (from left), director of Fisheries, and regional fisheries biologist Gregory Burr, Gordon Kramer, and Tim Obrey listen and take notes during the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife public meeting on its management plan for fish at  the Black Bear Inn in Orono Thursday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife held a series of public meetings seeking input on its next 15-year management plan for fish, moose, bear, deer, and wild turkeys. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Over three days and nine hours of meetings, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staffers met with more than 130 people last week in order to gather information that can help form long-term management plans the department is working on. Following meetings held in Portland and Presque Isle, three forums were held in Orono. […]

DIF&W big game, fisheries management meetings set for this week

After being trapped by Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists, a 246-pound female black bear looks toward human visitors in Township 36 back in 2010.  (BDN file photo)

As I mentioned in an earlier BDN story, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is in the process of formulating its 15-year management plans for fisheries and various big game species. In that effort, the department is holding a series of public meetings to gather public input that will help guide those efforts. […]

Penobscot Fly Fishers taking signups for trolling streamer fly class

Rob Dunnett of the Penobscot Fly Fishers will lead a class on tying trolling streamer flies on April 3. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot Fly Fishers).

If you’re an avid fly tier and you’re looking for an enjoyable way to spend a day with like-minded individuals, the Penobscot Fly Fishers are planning an event that’s right up your alley. On Sunday, April 3, the PFF will stage a class focusing on tying trolling streamer flies at the Penobscot County Conservation Association […]

DIF&W: Open-water fishing season to begin Thursday, two weeks early

Scott Dionne of Mars Hill makes a cast at Grand Lake Stream on the frigid first day of traditional open water fishing in Maine in 2015. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that this year's opening day has been moved up two weeks, from April 1 to tomorrow -- March 17. BDN file photo.

A mild winter and early ice-out conditions on Maine lakes and ponds has prompted the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to scrap the traditional April 1 opening day of open-water fishing season this year. Instead, fishing season opens Thursday, March 17, on all bodies of water that were scheduled to open on April 1. […]

It’s show time! Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show set for  78th edition

Aislinn Sarnacki of the BDN waits for visitors at last year's Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show in Orono. (John Holyoke photo)

In their annual harbinger of spring, the Penobscot County Conservation Association will roll out the red carpet this weekend for the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show. Thousands of attendees will browse the aisle, as they have during 77 prior shows, and greet longtime exhibitors like the old friends they are. Want to book a trip to […]

Sign of the season: Check the state’s ice-out website

Evidence that winter was slow to arrive: Back on Jan. 6, Steve Burtt of Orrington tries his luck ice fishing on Brewer Lake, with a much thinner skim of ice in the distance. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

In some parts of Maine, winter never really arrived this year. Lakes were slow to freeze, snow was reluctant to fall, and thousands of us have been looking at brown grass for weeks. The bright side, I suppose, is this: If you’re an open-water angler, you’ll likely have plenty of early opportunities to fish your […]