Category Archives: Fishing

Forest rangers invite public to help landowners, clean up illegal dumping sites

Most of the state’s outdoor enthusiasts spend at least a portion of their time afield on private land, thanks to the landowners who allow access to their acreage. Some parcels of land are large, others small. But wherever people recreate in Maine, there is a common problem that threatens future access for all of us. […]

Reader uses BDN novelty key chain to land a bass

David Baker of Glenburn recently caught a bass on a novelty BDN key chain that he fitted with hooks. (Photo courtesy of David Baker)

A few years ago, in preparation for the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show and other events we’d be staffing, a member of our promotions staff found a cool novelty item that we’d give to folks when they visited our booth. Officially, they were key chains with the BDN logo emblazoned on them. But these key chains […]

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine won’t endorse candidates in gubernatorial, federal races

Citing a broad coalition of politicians it has relied on for help in an ongoing fight to defeat a referendum that would ban the use of three methods of hunting bears in Maine, the state’s largest sportsman’s group on Friday announced that it will not endorse candidates in the state’s gubernatorial race, nor in U.S. […]

Outdoor guy turns Pinterest project into rake/rod rack

The storage bin, completed (sans wheels). Note the fly rods in a position of honor on the left.

I am not, as far as I can tell, the target audience of Pinterest. Let’s get that out of the way right off. Not that I have anything against the internet idea exchange that so many have embraced over the past couple of years, of course. My wife, Karen, a regular Pinterest-checker, has found all […]

Atlantic salmon returns lagging on the Penobscot and in Canada

For more than a century, conservationists have sought to restore the Atlantic salmon population in the Penobscot River. Each year, river-watchers eagerly await the return of those fish, many of which are trapped and transported to a hatchery where they’ll be used to produce the next generation of Penobscot salmon. Unfortunately, for the third consecutive […]

Series of fisheries hearings on tap around state

Avid anglers may want to make plans to attend one of four public hearings on proposed fishing regulations over the coming days. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed a slate of new regulations that will govern anglers during open water and ice fishing seasons. The public is encouraged to attend a […]

Bangor angler enjoys stellar day on drift boat

You don’t leave fish to find fish. That’s what Maine guide Dan Legere says, and he means it. Yes, there was a pristine three-mile ribbon of water in front of us on Sunday morning. And yes, that stretch of the East Outlet of the Kennebec River was likely full of hard-fighting landlocked salmon and brook […]

Salmon returns to the Penobscot very low thus far

A year ago, Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot river were dismal — just 372 fish, the lowest in the 36-year history of the fish lift at the Veazie Dam. Salmon returns were low on many other Atlantic salmon rivers, and anglers and conservationists hoped for a better 2014 season. That hasn’t happened thus far […]