Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

Outdoor tidbits: Young writers win awards, canoe season approaches, and it’s still too cold out

Is it spring yet? No, I didn’t think so. And while I’m not typically one to gripe about the weather, I’ll admit this winter-that-won’t-end is beginning to get me down. So while we’re busy hunkering down as another snowstorm approaches, let’s clear the decks of a few interesting news items … and a few observations. […]

Orono show a hit … again

Thousands of outdoorsy Mainers stopped by the University of Maine’s Orono campus over the weekend to check out the 76th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, which was staged in the Memorial Gym, Stanley Wallace Pool and the newly refurbished New Balance Field House. The star of the show, for me, was the field house itself. As […]

‘Win a Drift Boat Trip’ contest back for 12th edition

Each year, when the sportsman’s show season rolls around, I become a popular guy … or something like that. Truthfully, I realize that my popularity doesn’t go up at all. Equally truthfully, I do end up having many more conversations from people who think if they’re nice to me, it might help them win the […]