Atlantic salmon count on the Penobscot up to 560

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

While we’re talking about the Penobscot, biologists with the Maine Department of Marine Resources report that Atlantic salmon continue to return to the river. Mitch Simpson, a biologist for the DMR’s Division of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat, said in his weekly report that a total of 560 salmon had returned to the fish lift at […]

Note to anglers: New striped bass regulations in effect

Adam Martins fishes for Striped Bass at Fisherman's Park at the Penobscot River in Brewer on Tuesday, June 30. Dominique Hessert | BDN

Late last week I told you about the welcome return of striped bass to the Penobscot River — a development that has lured anglers back to a river that has been largely striper-free for the past several years. But over the weekend, a couple of readers checked in to point out that this year’s striper […]

Stripers in the Penobscot? You bet!

Hunter Pate of Orrington shows off a striped bass he caught recently off his family's dock on the Penobscot River. Pate, his family and friends had caught 39 stripers over a six-day span. (Photo courtesy of Sue Pate)

Just four years ago, despite his best efforts, Hunter Pate caught only one striped bass in the Penobscot River. To many, that wouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, according to Maine Department of Marine Resources data, the bottom had fallen out of the state’s striper fishery, and many anglers had simply stopped […]

Maine Moose on the Loose: Lincoln photographer back with new book

A newborn calf and its mother walk through the water. This photo is one of many featured in "Maine Moose on the Loose," by Roger L. Stevens of Lincoln. (Roger L. Stevens photo)

Less than a year ago, photographer Roger L. Stevens Jr. fulfilled a dream when he self-published a book of stunning fox photos that he took near his home. Shortly after that, he followed up with “June the Loon,” a book that traced the first few months of life of an iconic Maine bird. Now Stevens […]

Bear crew recaptures 442-pound male|

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Randy Cross poses with a 442-pound male black bear -- likely "Dozer," a bear researchers have previously captured -- in the state's Bradford study area recently. (Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife photo)

At this time of year each spring, wildlife biologist Randy Cross and a team of his colleagues spend a few weeks in the woods, looking to enlist new black bears in the state’s ongoing bear research project. Sometimes Cross receives a welcome surprise, when bears he “met” before return and temporarily are captured with a […]

Guide teaches fly fishing lessons on annual drift boat trip

Harvey Siebert of Owls Head (left), fishes as guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop watches for signs of fish during a drift boat trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River on June 14, 2015. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

On Saturday evening, guide Dan Legere and I began an ominous text-message conversation …. not the ideal situation when you’re just hours away from embarking on a drift boat trip on one of Maine’s top fly-fishing rivers. The East Outlet of the Kennebec — our destination for Sunday’s annual “Win a Drift Boat Trip” adventure […]

Our Maine Heritage: Who drew the first-ever moose permit?

Todd Rogers of Cub Scout Pack 11 in Brewer draws the first ticket in a special lottery state officials staged Tuesday night at the Bangor Auditorium to determine who can legally hunt moose in Maine in the fall.  A total of 39,269 Maine residents applied to be one of the 700 who will be licensed to hunt moose Sept. 22-27. It will be the first moose-hunting season since 1935. Also shown are Greg Palman and Dick Greene, both of the Penobscot Conservation Club in Brewer, and Janet Potter of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY CARROLL HALL

On Saturday, hundreds of Mainers will flock to Bethel for an annual event that will determine which hunters get to head afield in search of moose this fall. The moose permit drawing is a tradition that began back in 1980, when the state sponsored its first lottery for those coveted licenses. In today’s Our Maine […]

Author Doiron shines in latest Maine woods mystery

Through five books (and counting), readers have rooted for game warden Mike Bowditch, the protagonist of author Paul Doiron’s series of novels set in the Maine woods. It hasn’t always been easy, as Bowditch has proven prickly, impetuous, hot-headed and downright reckless at times. In his latest book, “The Precipice,” the Camden author has lived […]

The wait is over: Prospective moose hunters will head to Bethel for drawing this weekend

For the last 35 years — since a Cub Scout  reached into a hopper and pulled out the first lucky name — Mainers have been fascinated with their moose-permit lottery. Nowadays, computers, not Cub Scouts, do the drawing. But on Saturday afternoon, when 2,740 hunters learn that they’ve earned a Maine moose hunt for this […]