Tag Archives: ice fishing

It’s snowy — let’s plan to go ice fishing

So, a blizzard is raging outside, nearly two feet of wind-blown snow has already piled up, and I’m sitting here thinking about … ice fishing? Sure. We live here in Maine, after all, and one of the things we signed on for when we decided we wanted to refer to us by that most noble […]

Kids with big fish: Some more pics from the Long Lake derby

Ryan L'Italien, first place lake trout, 4 pounds, 1.8 ounces. . (Photo courtesy of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby)

Last week we shared some photos of the adult winners of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, and many BDN readers took the time to check out the massive fish that were caught during this year’s event. But the young anglers who participated also caught some great fish. Today we’ll share photos of the youth — […]

First salmon through the ice worth remembering

University of Maine students Ashley Soucy and Jonah Paris show off the handsome landlocked salmon that Ashley landed while ice fishing recently. It was her first salmon caught through the ice. (Photo courtesy of Jonah Paris)

For all the hours of waiting for fish to feed and flags to fly, ice fishing can be a pretty slow sport. Or, when everything’s going well, the day can turn quite frantic in a hurry. But the things we see while out on the ice — and the memories that we make — are the […]

DIF&W staffers get an earful at 15-year plan meetings

Mike Brown (from left), director of Fisheries, and regional fisheries biologist Gregory Burr, Gordon Kramer, and Tim Obrey listen and take notes during the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife public meeting on its management plan for fish at  the Black Bear Inn in Orono Thursday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife held a series of public meetings seeking input on its next 15-year management plan for fish, moose, bear, deer, and wild turkeys. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Over three days and nine hours of meetings, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staffers met with more than 130 people last week in order to gather information that can help form long-term management plans the department is working on. Following meetings held in Portland and Presque Isle, three forums were held in Orono. […]

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. […]

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 […]

Penobscot’s 2015 salmon run the highest since 2011

An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway at Brookfield Energy in Milford Wednesday. After more than three decades capturing Atlantic salmon at the Veazie Dam, that operation has moved to Milford, where a new fishlift was unveiled in 2014. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

The Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot River, the lone Maine river with a significant salmon run, have been dwindling in recent years. After a solid year in 2011, when 3,125 salmon returned and were counted, the yearly totals dropped to 624 in 2012, 381 in 2013, and an all-time low (since 1978) in 261. […]

Think a cold snap has made the ice safe? Think again

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)

After “suffering” through a December of mild weather, the state’s ice anglers have received a New Year’s gift, with a cold snap that has surely begun to freeze up Maine’s lakes and ponds. Notice I used the words “begun to.” That’s an important. That doesn’t mean that lakes or ponds are necessarily safe to fish, […]

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.” […]