Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

“Shadman” coming to Veazie to teach anglers about his favorite species

John A. Punola lives in New Jersey, and spends plenty of time fishing there. In fact, the octogenarian will tell you that he has built up quite a reputation over the years. “I started shad fishing in the Delaware River. That was back in 1972, during trout season,” Punola said during a recent phone interview. […]

Public invited to national monument management workshop in Shin Pond Aug. 8

If you’ve been curious about the management of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, or want to have your voice heard, you’ll have that opportunity at a workshop that will be held Aug. 8 at Shin Pond Village. The meeting, which will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., will cover just the Lower Shin […]

New map shows off features of Katahdin Woods and Waters’ loop road

One of the knocks on the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is that, in somewhat classic Maine fashion, it can feel like “you can’t get there from here.”   That’s not the case, of course. But our governor has refused to put tourist-information signs on roads that lead to the monument, which doesn’t […]

Down East salmon restoration efforts celebrated

The building that houses the Downeast Salmon Federation is wearing a disguise, Dwayne Shaw says with a grin, gesturing around the sparkling building that contains the Peter Gray Hatchery, a museum, a laboratory and office space. “We took an old run-down building that nobody else wanted,” Shaw, the organization’s executive director, explains. “It was a ‘slum […]

Swimming eagle rescued by Maine lobstermen

In the annals of odd lobster-fishing tales, the one that unfolded aboard the “Theresa Anne” for John Chipman Jr. and his sternman, Kevin Meaney, last week is a one for the ages. Not only did the duo get an up-close look at a swimming bald eagle on July 27, they also took the opportunity to […]

State increases number of any-deer permits by 20,295; lottery now open

If you’re hoping to increase your odds this deer season and are hoping that you’ll receive a coveted “any-deer” permit that will allow you to target does, should you choose, there’s some good news this morning. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that for 2017, a total of 66.050 any-deer permits […]

Snapping turtle steals angler’s big pickerel on Down East lake

If you spend enough time on the water, you’re bound to see plenty of interesting things. And if you make your living as a registered Maine guide, taking people out on the water on a daily basis, chances are that you’ve got a boatload of tales to tell. Mark Danforth, a guide who works in […]

Madawaska 10-year-old lands 47-inch muskie on the St. John River

Alayna Deschaine is an avid angler, and loves to go fishing with her dad, Kevin. And on Saturday, the 10-year-old Madawaska girl caught the fish of a lifetime while trolling on the St. John River not far from town. “We started fishing early in the morning,” Kevin Deshaine said. “There’s this lure that we bought […]

64 more Atlantic salmon reach Milford; Season total at 786

For nearly 40 years, biologists have counted the Atlantic salmon that return to the Penobscot River each year. And recently, the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ Division of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat has issued a weekly report highlighting not only salmon returns, but the multitude of other species that are caught in the fish […]