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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.” […]