Tag Archives: Maine 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 […]

Ice fishing fever: 8-year-old girl catches big Down East bass

How’s your ice fishing season going? Catching fish? Catching big fish? Want to share photos of your catch with BDN readers? Of course you do! A few weeks back, I mentioned that we’d love to share some of those photos with our readers, and it didn’t take long before Tim Daley checked in with this […]

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. […]

Fishing derby organizers rewarded with recent cold snap

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 […]

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. […]

Big ice fishing derbies on tap for this weekend, perfect conditions expected

When organizers decide to stage ice fishing derbies, they’re taking a leap of faith. Their hopes: The ice will be thick enough to be safe … people will show interest in showing up or supporting their cause … and the weather won’t be nasty enough to scare folks away. When two of the region’s largest […]

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 […]

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 […]