Category Archives: Fishing

Sign of the season: Check the state’s ice-out website

Evidence that winter was slow to arrive: Back on Jan. 6, Steve Burtt of Orrington tries his luck ice fishing on Brewer Lake, with a much thinner skim of ice in the distance. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

In some parts of Maine, winter never really arrived this year. Lakes were slow to freeze, snow was reluctant to fall, and thousands of us have been looking at brown grass for weeks. The bright side, I suppose, is this: If you’re an open-water angler, you’ll likely have plenty of early opportunities to fish your […]

Brewer’s Cabin Fever Reliever outdoor show set for this weekend

Four-year-old Swaroop Handral of Brewer waits as instructor Dan Long (left) explains to him how to hold a recurve bow during the Cabin Fever Reliever back in 2008. (BDN file photo)

The best little outdoor expo in these parts will return to Brewer this weekend, as the Penobscot Fly Fishers gear up for their annual Cabin Fever Reliever. Mike Hegarty, who is serving as the show chairman, said club members are eager to welcome attendees to the family-friendly event. “The big picture is [we’re] trying to […]

Confessions of a DeLorme geek

Chris Lander of Orrington checks out DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer during a break on a 2010 bird hunting trip. (John Holyoke photo)

While DeLorme has been a technological company, even those of us who’ve never purchased any of their more modern, electronic products couldn’t imagine going out into the back of beyond without that handy book of maps tucked away next to the ice scraper, or stuck in the seatback pouch. How iconic is that book? Well, […]

Mainers say they love their well-worn DeLormes. How about you?

Bling the cat puts his stamp of approval on the DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteeer owned by his people, Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson of Warren. (Photo courtesy of Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson)

Late last week we shared news about the pending sale of DeLorme to GPS giant Garmin. DeLorme, a Maine mapping company, publishes the venerable “The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer,” and many Mainers have come to depend on the map book on their trips afield. Among the questions we asked: What does your DeLorme mean to […]

What’s your DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer look like? And what if you can’t buy another?

The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer. (Courtesy of DeLorme)

When news of GPS giant Garmin’s purchase of DeLorme, the iconic Maine mapmaker, reached the newsroom, I nearly jumped out of my chair, rushed to a bookstore, and bought every copy of the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer that I could find. Irrational? Probably. But the question that prompted my panic bears pondering: What if, at […]

Anglers cash in at annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Chris St. Amand shows off the 5 pound, 13.4 ounce landlocked salmon he caught to win $1,500 at the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bernier)

The ice may be iffy in other parts of the state, but anglers flocked to the northern part of the state over the weekend to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes during the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Derby chairman Paul Bernier reported that a record 893 anglers registered for the event. […]

Attention young ‘North Woods Law’ fans: Camp North Woods returns this summer

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)

Young fans of the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law” will have the chance to learn some outdoor skills from their favorite Maine Game Wardens again this summer at Camp North Woods. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife debuted the camp in 2015. Campers, in order to build upon the TV show’s […]

Organizers postpone Hancock County fishing derby citing dangerous ice

Steve Burtt of Orrington tries his luck ice fishing on Brewer Lake on Jan. 6, 2016. Burtt said he drilled a hole through three or four inches of ice, but the ice farther away from shore looked to be much thinner. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

HOLDEN, Maine — The organizer of one of the region’s largest ice fishing derbies announced on Monday that this weekend’s G&M Family Market Hancock County derby will be postponed because of dangerous ice conditions. Greg Hawes of G&M Family Market was optimistic last week that a recent cold snap would make local lakes fishable by […]

Fishing derby organizers rewarded with recent cold snap

Nathan Paradis of Biddeford (left), with former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven, caught this 20.66-pound lake trout to win the 8th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven last weekend. The fish was 37.5 inches long. Citing concerns about ice conditions, derby organizers have added a weekend to this year's event.  (Photo courtesy of Tim Obrey)

After mild weather in December and early January left ice anglers on dry land, a week of frigid weather has socked in many of the state’s lakes and ponds, and organizers of upcoming fishing derbies have exhaled a collective sigh of relief. The derbies, it appears, will go on. “I certainly feel a lot more […]

Ice concerns spur Moosehead derby organizers to add another weekend

Nathan Paradis of Biddeford (left), with former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven, caught this 20.66-pound lake trout to win the 8th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven last weekend. The fish was 37.5 inches long. Citing concerns about ice conditions, derby organizers have added a weekend to this year's event.  (Photo courtesy of Tim Obrey)

According to the original plan, the 9th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven was to be held Jan. 29-31 on Maine’s largest lake. Old Man Winter hasn’t been cooperating, which has spurred organizers to hedge their bet as they wait for safe ice to form. “It is uncertain what the ice conditions will […]