Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

Anglers sought for brook trout survey project

Do you like to fish in spots where you’re not likely to see any other anglers? Do you like to hike into to remote ponds, just to find out if you can coax a brook trout to your fly? Do you want to help provide crucial information to biologists and conservation groups as you enjoy […]

3 Maine waters make Bassmaster magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list

We’ve got plenty of great fishing here in Maine, whether you want to target cold-water species like landlocked salmon and brook trout or warm-water species like bass. And while some might think of sprawling lakes in the southern U.S. when they talk about world-class bass fishing, the folks at Bassmaster magazine aren’t among that crowd. […]

Bangor man wins BDN drift boat trip

“Who wants to go fishing?” That was the question we first asked back in 2003, when we unveiled the “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest. Well, that was almost the question we asked. To be more specific, we actually asked “Who wants to go fishing — with a top-notch guide in a drift boat — […]

Smith’s essays step away from the political realm, into the great outdoors

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George Smith, at one point, may have been the most powerful man in Maine outdoor politics. Think those two words don’t go together? Outdoor? Politics? They do. And as the longtime executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Smith spent plenty of time in hearing rooms and back hallways, lobbying for various causes that […]