Category Archives: Fishing

SWOAM says landowner relations programs have floundered with few if any achievements

This is another in my ongoing series on landowner relations, the most important topic and challenge for Maine sportsmen and others who recreate on private land. Of particular importance in this column are the recommendations of Tom Doak for an effective landowner relations program. A great suggestion about multi-species management is featured in one of […]

Survey finds sportsmen share the same concerns as landowners – and Maine desperately needs a strong landowner relations program

NOTE: I have posted questions on this issue in my Sportsmen Say Survey, located on my website, After you read this column, please let us know your opinions on these critical issues! Posting is increasing. We’re losing lots of land that was traditionally open to public recreation. This is what sportsmen told Jessica Leahy […]

Fishing for Hatchery Dollars

Worried about the possibility that Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife might have to give back it’s small allotment of tax money to help fix a bad state budget problem, I talked yesterday with Todd Langevin, DIF&W’s Hatcheries Director. Last session the department received a special one-time appropriation of $200,000 of tax money to […]

Old Hatchery Gets Fish and Future

After decades of shedding fish hatcheries, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife may be bringing one back to life.  DIF&W recently stocked the old Dead River Hatchery, northeast of Kingfield, with brook trout, accepting an offer from the property owner, Poland Spring, to utilize the facility. Poland Spring purchased the property for its water […]