Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

BDN Outdoors staffers to hit the airwaves

John Holyoke and Aislinn Sarnacki are two of the BDN staffers who will make regular appearances on 92.9 "The Ticket" and its afternoon show, "The Drive."

Starting this week, you’ll be able to hear a lot more from BDN staffers, as several of us will begin appearing on the radio each afternoon. We’re happy to announce that writers — including Aislinn Sarnacki and I from the outdoors desk, will be making regular appearances on The Drive, a show that launched Tuesday […]

Moosehead derby changes rules after successful effort to cull number of small togue

Bill Maynard holds lake trout that he caught in Moosehead Lake in March of 2009 as Lyle the beagle looks on. Maynard's fish was 41 inches long and weighed 29.67 pounds. Maynard didn't catch the fish during the annual togue derby, but there are likely other monstrous fish available for this year's participants.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Maynard)

The relationship between anglers and state fisheries biologists can sometimes be a bit strained. Anglers spend a lot of time on the water, after all, and think they’ve got their own personal fishing holes figured out. Biologists are responsible for managing hundreds and hundreds of lakes and ponds, and often encounter resistance from local “experts.” […]

Bob Leeman’s new book, ‘Salesman Angler,’ tells of people, places and fish

Over the course of a year, many Maine-related books cross my desk. Among them are novels by acclaimed authors like Paul Doiron, how-to and where-to fish volumes by some of the top anglers around, and a fair number of self-published books. Not long ago, I received a book by longtime local angler and author Bob […]