Category Archives: Fishing

Our Maine Heritage: On the porch at the Penobscot Salmon Club, 1947

Bangor Daily News photographer Danny Maher caught Walter Crossman, Jack Savage, Guy Lobley and George McMahon swapping yarns on the porch overlooking the Bangor Salmon Pool in a Friday the 13th photo taken in June 1947.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Over the years, plenty of fish stories have been shared on the porch of the Penobscot Salmon Club in Brewer. The club, just downstream from the former site of the Bangor Dam, was formed in 1887 and is the oldest such club in North America. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. […]

Our Maine Heritage: Opening day of fishing season, 1958

On Wednesday, some of us April Fools went fishing … just like our brethren have been doing for generations. It was, after all, the traditional opening day of open-water fishing season, and after a being cooped up all winter, even a chilly day of fishing was better than none. Back in 1958 — in a […]

Our Maine Heritage: Legends of outdoor writing gather for a meal

The Penobscot Salmon Conservation Association, Inc., were hosts last night to Maine's fish and game writers and Commissioner Roland H. Cobb. Shown at the head table, l to r: Bud Leavitt, Bangor Daily News; Bob Eliot of Augusta, recreation director, Department of Economic Development; Commissioner Cobb; George Chalmers, Bangor, president of the Penobscot club; Joe Novick, Lewiston Sun; Gene Letourneau of Waterville, Gannett Newspapers; Bill Geagan, Bangor.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY DANNY MAHER

If you’re an outdoor writer in this state — which I’m very fortunate to be — it won’t take long before someone starts talking about the trailblazers who preceded you. The names are nearly mythical: Just saying one of those names aloud elicits a response. Mention the BDN’s own Bud Leavitt and I can hear […]

Our Maine Heritage — “Remember that huge striper I caught?”

Sidney A. Johnson of Winterport displays a 36-pound striped bass he caught in his smelt net Saturday morning. The huge fish measured 41 inches in length and probably was the heaviest ever to be taken from the Penobscot river.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SPIKE WEBB

Sometimes, it’s the unexpected catches that make for the most memorable fishing trips. Doubt it? Just look at the grin on Sidney A. Johnson’s face in this photo culled from the BDN archives. Sidney was a man who didn’t intend on hauling in a 36-pound striper on that mid-winter day, some 57 years ago. But […]

Fight back against winter: Dream of warmer things!

A snowstorm every three days through the month of February? Fine. We’re in Maine. Below freezing temps in early March? Ditto. But here we are, on the cusp of spring as I write this, and it’s still 15 degrees out. And the wind is blowing. And there’s 3 feet of snow on my lawn. Enough […]

Maine Warden Service looking for new recruits

When Dan Menard applied to become an Maine Game Warden back in the early 1990s, the Warden Service was typically inundated with applicants. The year he successfully made it through the process, 1,700 others applied for the chance to become wardens. “They hired 10, and I think I was number 10,” Menard said. Now a […]

L.L. Bean’s Spring Fishing Weekend on tap

For the past 25 years, the folks at L.L. Bean have celebrated the imminent (although often delayed) change of seasons and warmer weather with their Spring Fishing Weekend. If you’re among those anglers who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of open water, do yourself a favor: Ignore the weather reports that call for even more […]

Show season is back! Come visit us in Brewer this weekend

Two-and four-legged participants at the Penobscot Fly Fishers' 2009 Cabin Fever Reliever watch Peter Wade (eft) as he talks about hunting dog training at the Brewer Auditorium on Saturday. Hundres of people visited the programs and more than 40 exhibitors over the weekend.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY GABOR DEGRE)

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Two and four-legged participants of the Penobscot Fly Fishers' 2009 Cabin Fever Reliever watch Peter Wade (left) as he talks about hunting dog training at the Brewer Auditorium. This year's Cabin Fever Reliever will be held this weekend. (BDN file photo)

It was nearly 20 degrees below zero in Bangor this morning, and my lawn is covered with thigh-deep snow. Tonight, meteorologists tell us, we’ll add a few more inches to our frigid winter blanket. And on Thursday, I’m going to sleep in a snowbank. Ignore the fact that I might have said, on more than […]

Big ice fishing derbies on tap for this weekend, perfect conditions expected

Rich Rossignol of Madawaska shows off the 7-pound, 14.2-ounce landlocked salmon that topped the field in the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby Jan. 26-27, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bernier)

When organizers decide to stage ice fishing derbies, they’re taking a leap of faith. Their hopes: The ice will be thick enough to be safe … people will show interest in showing up or supporting their cause … and the weather won’t be nasty enough to scare folks away. When two of the region’s largest […]