Category Archives: Fishing

Cabela’s to host Maine game warden recruitment seminar Saturday

Maine Game Wardens featured in the Animal Planet TV show "North Woods Law" pose for a photo in front of the Maine Warden Service mobile command vehicle on April 5, 2012. Pictured are Jonathan Parker (left), Kim Bates, Sgt. Tim Spahr, Kristopher MacCabe and Josh Bubier. (BDN Photo by John Holyoke)

If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Maine game warden, you may want to stop by the Cabela’s store in Scarborough on Saturday for a recruitment seminar. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, game warden recruiters will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They’ll […]

Coastal smelt fishermen need to be aware of new rules

Late last week I received an email from Jeff Nichols of the Department of Marine Resources, who asked for some help in helping to educate smelt fishermen who might be inadvertently breaking new rules that are in effect. “I’ve heard from a number of folks in the department that people fishing for smelt are unaware […]

High school bass fishing championship set for Bucksport May 9

Avid high school bass anglers will gather in Bucksport on May 9 for the Student Angler Federation Maine high school state championship tournament, according to a recent press release. The event is being presented by The Bass Federation, in partnership with FLW, and offers high school students the opportunity to qualify for regional championships, and […]

Summer option for young ‘North Woods Law’ fans: Camp North Woods

Maine Game Wardens featured in the Animal Planet TV show "North Woods Law" pose for a photo in front of the Maine Warden Service mobile command vehicle on April 5, 2012. Pictured are Jonathan Parker (left), Kim Bates, Sgt. Tim Spahr, Kristopher MacCabe and Josh Bubier. (BDN Photo by John Holyoke)

If your child is a huge fan of the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law” and can’t stop talking about the exploits of the Maine game wardens who serve as its stars, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has got some great news for you. The department will unveil Camp North Woods […]

Our Maine Heritage: On the porch at the Penobscot Salmon Club, 1947

Bangor Daily News photographer Danny Maher caught Walter Crossman, Jack Savage, Guy Lobley and George McMahon swapping yarns on the porch overlooking the Bangor Salmon Pool in a Friday the 13th photo taken in June 1947.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Over the years, plenty of fish stories have been shared on the porch of the Penobscot Salmon Club in Brewer. The club, just downstream from the former site of the Bangor Dam, was formed in 1887 and is the oldest such club in North America. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. […]

Our Maine Heritage: Opening day of fishing season, 1958

On Wednesday, some of us April Fools went fishing … just like our brethren have been doing for generations. It was, after all, the traditional opening day of open-water fishing season, and after a being cooped up all winter, even a chilly day of fishing was better than none. Back in 1958 — in a […]

Our Maine Heritage: Legends of outdoor writing gather for a meal

The Penobscot Salmon Conservation Association, Inc., were hosts last night to Maine's fish and game writers and Commissioner Roland H. Cobb. Shown at the head table, l to r: Bud Leavitt, Bangor Daily News; Bob Eliot of Augusta, recreation director, Department of Economic Development; Commissioner Cobb; George Chalmers, Bangor, president of the Penobscot club; Joe Novick, Lewiston Sun; Gene Letourneau of Waterville, Gannett Newspapers; Bill Geagan, Bangor.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY DANNY MAHER

If you’re an outdoor writer in this state — which I’m very fortunate to be — it won’t take long before someone starts talking about the trailblazers who preceded you. The names are nearly mythical: Just saying one of those names aloud elicits a response. Mention the BDN’s own Bud Leavitt and I can hear […]

Our Maine Heritage — “Remember that huge striper I caught?”

Sidney A. Johnson of Winterport displays a 36-pound striped bass he caught in his smelt net Saturday morning. The huge fish measured 41 inches in length and probably was the heaviest ever to be taken from the Penobscot river.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SPIKE WEBB

Sometimes, it’s the unexpected catches that make for the most memorable fishing trips. Doubt it? Just look at the grin on Sidney A. Johnson’s face in this photo culled from the BDN archives. Sidney was a man who didn’t intend on hauling in a 36-pound striper on that mid-winter day, some 57 years ago. But […]

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 […]