Shame on this angler

Steve Hirshberg is one of the leaders of TU’s Georges River Chapter. Steve recently emailed me this photo of one of four 18 inch brook trout that an angler killed and left to rot at Ghent Road in Searsmont beside the George’s River.

These fish were recently stocked by DIF&W.

“In my view,” wrote Steve, “the Department should not reveal stocking details to the public until the fish have had a week or so to disperse within the wild habitat.”

I can’t imagine catching brook trout and leaving them on shore to rot. Shameful.

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,, 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.