All posts by George Smith

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.

Lunker Trout Caught at Little Minipi River

While most of the wild trout waters featured in Bob Mallard’s book, Squaretail, are in Maine and throughout our country, he does tell you about his fishing adventure on the little Minipi River in Labrador. That story brought back a wonderful memory I have of fishing the Little Minipi with my 16-year-old son Joshua. That […]

A Fine Orange Bucket will captivate kids

Charlotte Crowder’s new children’s book, A Fine Orange Bucket, published by North Country Press, features a lobsterman whose orange bucket is washed into the sea and lost. It’s a great story that every child will enjoy. Jill Finson’s colorful drawings are very special too. About a year after it’s lost, the bucket is discovered by […]

Are these the right solutions for fish problems?

DIFW fisheries biologists think that catch and release is hurting our fish. Deirdre Fleming’s story about this, in the Maine Sunday Telegram on August 11, was very provocative. Deirdre wrote: The widespread practice of catch-and-release in waters across Maine has thrown many ecosystems off balance, creating a vicious cycle; an overabundance of fish that leads […]

Bear Food Study Canceled

Maine’s bear population has increased significantly in the last few years and is now estimated to be 35,000. The Fish and Wildlife Department considered several strategies to increase the annual harvest, and discussed them with the legislatures Fish and Wildlife Committee, but any decision was postponed until next year. The research has become important because […]

Too many critters killed on our roads

Last year Bob, from the DEW wild animal kingdom a mile from our house in Mount Vernon, picked up 286 dead deer, killed in collisions with motor vehicles on the roads within one hour of Mount Vernon. Bob feeds the deer to his lions. Yes, lots of wild animals are killed by motor vehicles on […]

Nothing Finer Than Family Fishing

            Here’s another favorite column, written a few years after we bought our camp.             As I cast a Brown Wulff to a Sourdahunk Lake brook trout that had risen about 40 feet from the boat, I was startled by a shout from young Joshua at the other end of the boat.             “I got […]