Spring smelt spawn!

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.

Good News For Anglers Who Enjoy Ice Fishing On Swan Lake

By Fisheries Biologist Jason Seiders When listing the waters I would consider the “gems” within the Belgrade Lakes Management Region (Region B), the list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Swan Lake.

New Rules Proposed Regarding Use Of Bait In Northern Maine

By Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Biologist, Moosehead Lake Region [caption id="attachment_3403" align="alignright" width="333"] A fine Arctic charr caught in the Moosehead Lake Region[/caption] If you keep your ear to the tracks regarding fishing in Maine, then you’ve probably heard about the Department’s proposal to change rules pertaining to the use of live fish as bait in the no

Giving Landlocked Salmon a Head Start in Crescent Lake

By Fisheries Biologist Nick Kalejs Here in Maine, we are lucky to have an abundance of coldwater fisheries. Still, perhaps no fish is more closely linked to the Sebago Lake Region than the landlocked salmon. In fact, landlocked salmon are often referred to as Sebago salmon. Over twenty lakes and ponds in the area, many within the Sebago Lake basin, are stocked annually with landlocked salmon, providing exciting recreational fisheries in many unique bodies of water.

Have you purchased a new fishing rod lately? How about a new tackle box? If so, then thank you!

By Joe Overlock, Fisheries Management Supervisor Most people don’t realize that when they buy fishing gear, they are directly helping the fish they love to catch. It is all thanks to a law passed in 1950 called the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (named after the congressmen who spearheaded the effort).

Branch Lake’s Coldwater Fisheries Have Come Roaring Back

By MDIFW Fisheries Biologist Greg Burr For years, Branch Lake in Ellsworth possessed a vibrant coldwater fishery, but in 2000, public access to the lake ended. Without fair and equitable public access, MDIFW was forced to cancel stocking landlocked salmon in the waterway. During its stocking hiatus between 2000 and 2010, the lake trout and landlocked salmon fisheries suffered.

Early Season Ice Fishing Opportunities Abound In Region D In Western Maine

By MDIFW Fisheries Biologist Dave Howatt Winter has come early to western Maine. Ice thickness is steadily growing on many of our waters, and the conditions continue to get better and better. Many Regional waters are open to fishing under Special Season Code A, which begins the ice fishing season for all fish species on December 1.

Moosehead Lake: The Year of the Brook Trout

[caption id="attachment_3218" align="alignright" width="466"] IFW biologists handled this handsome male brook trout in the fall of 2018 that weighed in at 7.3 lbs.[/caption] By MDIFW Fisheries Biologist Tim Obrey I know the Chinese calendar says 2018 was the year of the dog, but for those that fish Moosehead Lake, it was the year of the brook trout…big brook trout.  It seemed like we were seeing p

Lake Saint George – Trap Net Results Mean Very Good Things for the Upcoming Winter Fishery

  By MDIFW Fisheries Biologist Wes Ashe The Saint George River flows approximately 50-miles from its headwaters in the town of Liberty to its estuary in Thomaston. Along its route, the St. George has long stretches of flowing riverine habitat and seven lakes encompassing nearly 3,000 acres.

A Cornucopia Of Fishing Opportunities In The Katahdin Region

[caption id="attachment_3099" align="alignright" width="495"] The boom house on Ambajejus Lake has both history and charm and contains artifacts and information related to the area's log-driving heritage.