Category Archives: Fishing

Time to help with brook trout survey

Maine Audubon is again sponsoring a brook trout survey this year. The information collected is very important to our effort to protect and enhance our remarkable population of native brook trout. I hope you will sign up to participate in this year’s survey. Here is the information I received from Maine Audubon.   Happy Spring! […]

Wardens offer landowner relations report

The Maine Warden Service is responsible for landowner relations at DIF&W, and they recently posted an update on their work with and for private landowners. Here is their report: We would like to take an opportunity and introduce the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Landowner Relations and Keep Maine Clean Programs, which is […]

Ice fishing, ATVS and boats debated at legislature

Last week the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee acted on several bills. The committee had a public hearing and work session immediately after on a bill giving DIF&W’s commissioner authority to extend the ice fishing season. This bill was presented by Rep. John Martin on behalf of the governor. DIF&W Commissioner Judy Camuso testified for […]

It took 9 years to get the sportsman’s license plate

Nine years after the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine began advocating for a sportsman’s license plate, the plates were finally approved by the legislature and ready for purchase in 2008. I hope you have these plates on your vehicles. Fifty percent of the money is dedicated to fish hatcheries, 25% to landowner relations, 15% to development […]

Handgun hunting, youth days, moose permits, and more at legislature

Several interesting issues were debated yesterday by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.  Public hearings were held on 5 bills and work sessions on 2 bills. Work Sessions LD 881 would allow the holder of a super pack license who obtains an antlerless deer permit to also participate in an antlerless deer permit lottery. […]

ATV Speed Bill Voted Down

On Monday the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife voted unanimously against a bill that would have limited ATV riders to 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of a stream, pond, or lake. Supporters of the bill argued that it would reduce erosion, while opponents claimed there was not enough law enforcement for this and […]

Rubber lure ban postponed for a year

Senator Paul Davis’s bill to require rubber lures to be biodegradable was postponed this morning by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, at the request of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s Fisheries Division Director, informed the committee that the department would like some time to work on this important […]