Category Archives: Fishing

The weather’s warm, so shake off your cabin fever at Brewer outdoor show

Wildlife artist Mark McCullough paints an Allagash River scene during the During the 2013 Cabin Fever Reliever. (BDN file photo)

If you’re in town for some tournament basketball action or are just looking to get out of the house for a bit, you might want to head to Brewer this weekend for what has become a very popular event. The Penobscot Fly Fishers will be staging their annual Cabin Fever Reliever at the Brewer Auditorium, […]

Share your fishing adventures to #FishME

Mike Brissette of Vassalboro shows off a lake trout (left) and a landlocked salmon he registered during the 52nd annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. This year's edition of the popular event will be held this weekend. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

If you’ve been thinking of introducing your kids to ice fishing — or trying it yourself, for that matter — this is your lucky weekend, for a couple of important reasons. First, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that Saturday and Sunday are this year’s winter “free fishing weekend,” and folks […]

It’s snowy — let’s plan to go ice fishing

So, a blizzard is raging outside, nearly two feet of wind-blown snow has already piled up, and I’m sitting here thinking about … ice fishing? Sure. We live here in Maine, after all, and one of the things we signed on for when we decided we wanted to refer to us by that most noble […]

Kids with big fish: Some more pics from the Long Lake derby

Ryan L'Italien, first place lake trout, 4 pounds, 1.8 ounces. . (Photo courtesy of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby)

Last week we shared some photos of the adult winners of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, and many BDN readers took the time to check out the massive fish that were caught during this year’s event. But the young anglers who participated also caught some great fish. Today we’ll share photos of the youth — […]

First salmon through the ice worth remembering

University of Maine students Ashley Soucy and Jonah Paris show off the handsome landlocked salmon that Ashley landed while ice fishing recently. It was her first salmon caught through the ice. (Photo courtesy of Jonah Paris)

For all the hours of waiting for fish to feed and flags to fly, ice fishing can be a pretty slow sport. Or, when everything’s going well, the day can turn quite frantic in a hurry. But the things we see while out on the ice — and the memories that we make — are the […]

Ice fishing fever: 8-year-old girl catches big Down East bass

Brooklyn Daley, 8, shows off the big bass she caught while fishing a Down East lake recently. (Photo courtesy of Tim Daley)

How’s your ice fishing season going? Catching fish? Catching big fish? Want to share photos of your catch with BDN readers? Of course you do! A few weeks back, I mentioned that we’d love to share some of those photos with our readers, and it didn’t take long before Tim Daley checked in with this […]

Warden shares new information about abandoned boat

This boat was dumped in the woods of Otis. Have you seen it before?  (John Holyoke|BDN)

A week ago, I told you about a large boat that had joined the list of odd things I’ve found discarded in the woods. The boat was about 18 feet long, and it had been tucked into a turnout in woods that my buddies and I are lucky enough to hunt each year. We regularly […]

Things you find in the woods, Part 400

A boat that has been left in the woods of Otis. (John Holyoke|BDN)

First off, let’s clear one thing up: I have not posted 400 photos of odd things I’ve found dumped in the woods. It only seems that way. Rare is a day, in fact, that I head into the (supposedly) pristine forests of Maine when I don’t find something that’s not supposed to be there. Like […]

Maine guide, trapper honored for 65 years in the woods

When Jim Martin of Bangor was honored over the weekend for a lifetime lived outdoors, he stopped to ponder how much time he’d spent in the woods pursuing one of his favorite activities, trapping. “I figured it out the other day,” the 77-year-old said. “I’ve trapped [at least one] beaver for 62 winters. I trapped […]