Acadia memories on an important day

In this August 2011 photo, visitors to Acadia admire the spray from ocean waves crashing into Thunder Hole in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.  Bill Trotter|BDN

Many of us Mainers, who grew up not-so-far from Acadia National Park, likely grew up taking the place for granted. I know I did. When I was very young, trips to Mount Desert Island were infrequent, and I seem to remember complaining about spending so much time in the car. As I reached high school […]

Lakes are a Maine treasure worth protecting

Summertime at camp. Hammock. Water. What more do you need? (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

When I was a young child, summers were pretty simple: A few days after school let out, we loaded up the car and headed to “camp.” In other places, I’ve since learned, they might go “to the cottage,” or to “the lake house.” Here, for me and many of my young peers, that perfect spot […]

Finicky fish no match for drift boat trip winner

John St. Onge of Cumberland makes a cast while fishing the East Outlet of the Kennebec River on June 19, 2016. St. Onge was fishing with guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop after winning the BDN's annual drift boat trip contest. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Finding fish, Maine guide Dan Legere will tell you, can be pretty easy at this time of year, when the tell-tale rings of rising trout and salmon dapple the waters of the East Outlet of the Kennebec River. Figuring out what those fish are actually feeding on? That can be a bit of a challenge. […]

Stripers in Old Town? You bet!

Denis Dauphinee of Bradley celebrates after he catches his first striped bass in seven years during a recent trip on the Penobscot River. In the ensuing days, Dauphinee and his son have caught more than 100 stripers in the river. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

The trip was, supposedly, a shad-fishing expedition. That’s what we told each other, and, as you can read here, the shad did cooperate when a group of anglers headed to Old Town’s Shad Rips last week. But there were surprises lurking in the waters of the Penobscot River, we quickly found out. Pete Douvarjo of […]

State record 13-pound rainbow trout caught in Vinalhaven quarry pond

Tim Kelley  shows off the state record rainbow trout he caught June 4, 2016, in a quarry pond on Vinalhaven. Kelley's fish weighed 13 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 32 1/2 inches long. (Stephanie Palmer photo)

When Tim Kelley came back to Maine to visit with family members, the Waldoboro native figured that a fishing trip near his dad’s Vinalhaven home was in order. Kelley, who now lives in Arkansas, had modest goals — he was fishing in one of several quarry ponds on the island, which sits about 15 miles […]

Shad, river herring pouring into Penobscot

Cory Gardner, a research technician working for UMaine’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology and USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, holds a radio receiver above the surface of the water, listening for tagged salmon and shad, on Friday, while floating from Old Town to Brewer on the Penobscot River in 2014. BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki

Several years ago, before the removal of two dams on the Penobscot River as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, I spoke with a conservationist who had a pretty good idea what would transpire in the future. That man, Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited, pointed at the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, which […]

Saturday family fun day in Brewer offers outdoor activities for all

If you’re looking to spend some times learning new skills and introducing your kids to outdoor activities, the folks at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer have just the event for you. On Saturday, June 4, the club is holding a Family Fun Day at their clubhouse, which is located off Route 9 (North […]

Colleagues remember longtime fisheries biologist

Dave Boucher, a longtime fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, weighs a fish on Lake St. George in the fall of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Scott Davis)

You probably never met Dave Boucher. You probably never think of him when you reel in a trout or a salmon, or when you hop off the boat after a beautiful day of fishing with family and friends. You probably don’t realize he was a fisheries biologist for more than 30 years, and devoted his […]

Warden file on Largay disappearance leaves plenty of questions

Geraldine Largay  is shown in the last known photo taken of the Appalachian Trail hiker, whose trail name was "Inchworm." (Photo courtesy of Maine Warden Service)

In July of 2013, Geraldine Largay, an Appalachian Trail hiker who went by the trail name Inchworm, disappeared in the mountains of western Maine. More than two years later, her skeletal remains were found on a high piece of ground about 3,000 feet from the trail, where she apparently set up camp after becoming lost. […]