Spring smelt spawn!

April 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm

By Regional Fisheries Biologist Liz Thorndike Smelt dipping in Maine is a springtime tradition for many, and depending on where you go and the conditions, these smelt runs can be sparse, or if you are lucky, the brook can run black with smelts. One night a few years ago, I captured this video of rainbow smelts spawning, when the brook ran black with smelts. Smelts are widely utilized and highly valued here in Maine.

Lake Trout No-Harvest Slot Limits Helping Produce More Larger Fish in Downeast Lakes

April 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm

By Regional Fisheries Biologist Gregory Burr [caption id="attachment_3442" align="alignright" width="400"] Jim Hogan, Beech Hill Pond – 37 ½ inches, 22 pounds[/caption] For years, many of the famed trophy lake trout (also known as “togue”) waters Downeast languished in small fish obscurity.  Lakes like West Grand, West Musquash, Tunk, Branch and the current lake trout state record ho

Tree Marking for Wildlife Management

April 10, 2019 at 1:13 pm

By Lands Management Biologist Eric Hoar Inland Fisheries and Wildlife manages for all wildlife, both game and non-game species.  One of the tools the Lands Program employs to create or enhance wildlife habitat is timber harvesting.

Volunteers Contribute a Decade to Heron Monitoring

April 3, 2019 at 2:53 pm

In what felt like a blink of an eye, we finished up our tenth year of monitoring great blue heron colonies with the help of Heron Observation Network volunteers. These citizen scientists often braved mosquitoes and black flies and hiked through thick swampy forests to get a good view of great blue heron nests, which were often in snags in the middle of a wetland, sometimes in what felt like the middle of nowhere.