Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

Stripers in the Penobscot? You bet!

Hunter Pate of Orrington shows off a striped bass he caught recently off his family's dock on the Penobscot River. Pate, his family and friends had caught 39 stripers over a six-day span. (Photo courtesy of Sue Pate)

Just four years ago, despite his best efforts, Hunter Pate caught only one striped bass in the Penobscot River. To many, that wouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, according to Maine Department of Marine Resources data, the bottom had fallen out of the state’s striper fishery, and many anglers had simply stopped […]

Guide teaches fly fishing lessons on annual drift boat trip

Harvey Siebert of Owls Head (left), fishes as guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop watches for signs of fish during a drift boat trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River on June 14, 2015. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

On Saturday evening, guide Dan Legere and I began an ominous text-message conversation …. not the ideal situation when you’re just hours away from embarking on a drift boat trip on one of Maine’s top fly-fishing rivers. The East Outlet of the Kennebec — our destination for Sunday’s annual “Win a Drift Boat Trip” adventure […]

Author Doiron shines in latest Maine woods mystery

Through five books (and counting), readers have rooted for game warden Mike Bowditch, the protagonist of author Paul Doiron’s series of novels set in the Maine woods. It hasn’t always been easy, as Bowditch has proven prickly, impetuous, hot-headed and downright reckless at times. In his latest book, “The Precipice,” the Camden author has lived […]

Casting with colleagues: If you don’t bleed, you’re ahead of the game

atalie Feulner of the BDN fly fishes Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor under the watchful eye of her husband, Brian Feulner. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

When you work in a building that sits on a stream, (which, in turn, empties into a mighty river just a few hundred yards away), it’s easy for your thoughts to start revolving around fishing. That’s my excuse, anyway. And ever since the Bangor Daily News moved downtown, and I mentioned to a colleague that […]

Greenville’s Legere named ‘legendary Maine guide’

Dan Legere (left) of Maine Guide Fly Shop holds the net and a landlocked salmon that Don Factor of Bangor (right) caught in 2011 on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Factor was this year's winner of the BDN's annual "Win a Drift Boat Trip" contest. (BDN PHOTO BY JOHN HOLYOKE)

Back in 2003, the BDN began a marketing promotion designed to introduce its new outdoors writer — me — to those who have turned to these pages for generations in order to find out what’s happening in our woods and on our waters. The idea: Find one of the state’s top guides, get them on […]

As cold-water rescues pile up, caution urged on Maine’s lakes

Mainers consider Memorial Day weekend the unofficial start of the summer season, no matter what the actual calendar might say. But make no mistake: In many ways and in certain parts of the state, actual summer weather — and lake temperatures — still are weeks away. That’s the message Maine game warden Jim Fahey wanted […]

Our Maine Heritage: Alewives on the Souadabscook, 1988

Fishing agent Jim Bennett boxes up the frisky alewives dipped from the Souadabscook Stream in Hampden.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BOB DELONG

Earlier today, we posted a story about the tremendous success story taking place on some tributaries of the Penobscot River: Alewives are streaming by the thousands into Blackman Stream in Bradley after restoration and stocking efforts that began five years ago. This “Our Maine Heritage” photo shows that in some tributaries in the lower river, […]

Local youths win high school bass championship

Hunter Pate of Orrington (left) and Jacob Gauvin of Buckport show off the fish they caught while winning the Student Angler Federation Maine State High School Bass Fishing Championship on Silver Lake in Bucksport on Saturday. (Student Angler Federation photo)

Avid bass anglers Hunter Pate of Orrington and Jacob Gauvin of Bucksport teamed up to defend their 2014 title on Saturday during the Student Angler Federation Maine High School Bass Fishing Championship. The duo landed a collective 12.27 pounds of bass during the event, which was held at Silver Lake in Bucksport. Gauvin also caught […]