January 12, 2021 at 5:41 pm
When you see the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife patch on the ice, it isn’t always a Maine Game Warden. Fisheries biologists spend the winter collecting important fisheries data by conducting winter creel surveys on the ice.
December 16, 2020 at 10:40 am
We will be operating under new regulations when the ice fishing season opens on January 1st, 2021 on Moosehead Lake. Recently, the brook trout population in Maine’s largest lake has seen significant improvement with many fish in the three to six-pound range caught both summer and winter. It’s truly been an incredible few years. I don’t think anyone can remember a time when we have seen this many quality/trophy wild brook trout come from one lake in Maine.
November 12, 2020 at 12:41 pm
MDIFW Fisheries Resource Biologist Nick Kalejs driving to the trapnet location. Photo by Tory Johnson/MDIFW
For fisheries biologists in Maine, fall means many things—cooler water temperatures, colorful spawning fish, and the last few times taking the boat out for the season.
August 19, 2020 at 2:06 pm
I’m sure many of you have hit the road at the crack of dawn to start a fishing trip and realized you didn’t have your fishing lawbook. Did you go out of your way to stop by a gas station or town office hoping they’d be open and have a copy? Or turn around to head home and waste even more of your precious fishing time? To me, neither of those options are ideal, and I’d rather not worry about remembering the lawbook along with my fishing gear, life jackets, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray…the list seems endless. I guess I could put a copy in my boat that never leaves the boat and remains in pristine condition? Yeah right!
July 21, 2020 at 1:57 pm
By Fisheries Biologist Wes Ashe
In early May, I decided it was time to take my toddler son on a remote fishing trip. Greyson was a relatively proficient caster, earthworms no longer freaked him out, and he was big for his age. I was certain he was ready for the Maine outdoors. Plus, I already had my kayak stashed alongside a Heritage brook trout pond that only required a milelong roundtrip hike. What could possibly go wrong?
July 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm
By Fisheries Resource Biologist Liz Thorndike
July 7, 2020 at 11:37 am
Last week, one lucky angler caught the fish of a lifetime when he landed a 44”, 39.2 pound lake trout. That angler, Erik Poland of Andover, caught the fish on Thursday, July 2 while fishing on Richardson Lake.
June 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm
This summer is a great opportunity to explore all Maine has to offer and try something new. But sometimes it can be intimidating to go to an area you aren’t familiar with or learn something you have never done.
May 22, 2020 at 12:20 pm
By Fisheries Management Section Supervisor Joe Overlock, Director of Fisheries & Hatcheries Francis Brautigam, Wildlife Biologist Kendall Marden, and Holly Tremblay
After a day of fishing it is hard to beat going back to your house or camp and cooking your legal catch!
May 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm
By Tim Obrey, Fisheries Resource Supervisor, Moosehead Lake Region
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