Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

$100 for a camp in Grand Lake Stream? You bet … if you’re lucky

For generations, hunters and anglers have been attracted to the woods and waters of Grand Lake Stream, a tiny town that sits next to West Grand Lake in Washington County. Through that village, the water that provides its name — Grand Lake Stream — flows, and the landlocked salmon that live in that clear, cool […]

New book highlights 50 best places to fly fish the Northeast

Ever sit around a campfire with some fishing buddies and start brainstorming new places to wet a line? Sure, we all have. That’s how some of us end up with our fishing “bucket lists.” We listen to our pals, hear their tales, and say to ourselves, “Some day,” I’ll go. Bob Mallard, owner of the […]

Can you top this: Fort Kent angler catches trout with a Slim Jim wrapper on an Air Force base

We asked. You answered. In what may be one of the most epic fish tales I’ve ever heard, I’m happy to share the story that Mike Jacksson of Fort Kent passed along. First, the short backstory: A few weeks ago, after David Baker caught a bass while using a Bangor Daily News novelty key chain […]

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 […]