Category Archives: Fishing

Mainers are very happy with the management of fish and wildlife


Responsive Management, a national firm that has worked on hunting and fishing research and initiatives in all 50 states, was retained a year ago by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to research the attitudes of Mainers about the agency and its management of big game and freshwater fisheries. DIF&W is using that information […]

Native Brook Trout Protection may be Extended by the Legislature

Bruce's big trout

Representative Russell Black has sponsored two of my fisheries bills. One would extend protective regulations for native and wild brook trout from lakes and ponds to tributaries where they spawn. The second would assure that all waters that qualify for the state’s Heritage Fish list get put on that list. I’ll have a lot more […]

One man’s interesting ideas for simplifying fishing rules

Bass - Belgrade Lakes

After reading about my proposed legislation to create a commission to simplify Maine’s far-too-complicated fishing rules, Frank Richards emailed me to say, “I read your blog on legislation to simplify the fishing rulebook with interest. I’ll be surprised if it passes. I don’t think the committee cares about the department’s long term inability to do […]

$6 million to be invested in fish habitat and private road improvements

Passadumkeag17 by Robert Bukaty

A very significant federal grant of $6 million is coming to Maine to restore more than 250 miles of fish habitat in northern and eastern Maine and help private forestland owners reduce the impacts of flooding on road networks. This announcement from the partners in the Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project is a very important […]

Major fishing issues to be debated at legislature


I haven’t heard that the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will submit any legislation this session, so I decided to give the legislature a chance to tackle some major issues. I’ve got outstanding sponsors for these two bills. Simplify Fishing Rules DIF&W’s Commissioner, Chandler Woodcock, informed the IF&W Committee last session that his agency […]