Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

Need a harbinger of spring? Outdoor show season is approaching

Mark McCullough works on a painting during the 2013 Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer. (BDN photo by Brian Swartz)

When we get a snowstorm every two or three days (which seems to be the pattern recently), it’s easy to get discouraged with Maine’s winter weather. Since I’m all limbered up after yet another shoveling expedition, I thought I’d share some good news: Spring is coming. Kind of. Or at the very least, one of […]

Thanks a million! BDN ‘Out There’ blog hits a milestone

Our creative promotions staff had its work cut out for it in turning me into a snowboarder for an upcoming ad campaign. I may have fallen down before I got to the "W" in "VIEWS." (BDN graphic by Shelley Sund)

Since you “Out There” readers are responsible, I’ll make you among the first to know: We all reached a pretty significant milestone today. And I can’t thank you enough for your support. At about 2 p.m. today, one of you pushed the blog over the 1 million page-view mark. We have a vibrant blogging community […]

Big fish landed at Long Lake derby

With a record number of registered anglers participating in the 9th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby over the weekend, the chances of being one of the lucky few who cashed in on the $12,500 prize pool weren’t too good. Three fishermen didn’t worry about those long odds, as each placed among the top three […]

Dexter man wins Moosehead derby with 6.6-pound togue

Anglers flocked to the state’s largest lake over the weekend for the 7th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby, and a Dexter fisherman took home $1,500 for catching the largest lake trout during the three-day event. Tim Obrey, regional fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, reported that the weather didn’t always […]

Wardens caution anglers that ice may not be safe

The weather is getting colder, and when temperatures drop down into the single digits again, it’s easy to forget the extended thaw that we just emerged from. But forgetting the rain and warm weather might get you into trouble, as sections of many of the state’s lakes and ponds remain unsafe. The Maine Department of […]

What caused it? Ice circle in Benedicta confounds reader

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve shared a Maine woods mystery photo, but earlier this week I received an email from a reader who is wondering exactly what he found on a recent trip afield. The email was titled, “What Made This?” After looking at the photo, I can tell you that I […]

Youth fish and game club to hold family fishing day Jan. 18

For several years, I’ve had conversations with plenty of parents who tell me they’d like to get their kids outdoors more often, whether to fish or hike or simply step away from an electronic-driven life for awhile. And for several years, I’ve told those parents the same thing: Go check out the Maine Youth Fish […]