Category Archives: Fishing

Native Fisheries Coalition has accomplished a lot

In a short period of time the Native Fisheries Coalition has accomplished a great deal, certainly enough to be worthy of your support and participation. Just a year after gaining it’s 501c3 status, the Coalition has become an important voice for our wild native fish and built a fantastic and very experienced team of board […]

Land for Maine’s Future needs money

Governor Paul LePage hated public land and did everything he could to stop us from acquiring more of it, including refusing to support a bond issue for the Land for Maine’s Future, throughout his 8 years as governor. A reliable, well-funded LMF program remains essential to permanently protecting working waterfronts, farmland, water access and hunting […]

Brook Trout Heaven Discovered in Quebec

This is a favorite fishing column written years ago about the Leaf River, an amazing place. Brook Trout Heaven Discovered in Quebec                  As an old brook trout fisherman, I can only hope heaven is as good as this place.  When death darkens my door, perhaps my eyes will suddenly open on the Leaf […]

Better check out these new rules from DIF&W

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has issued lots of new rule proposals governing everything from falconry to hunting and trapping. This is really a comprehensive reorganization of the rules, with changes mixed in. You’ll want to read the entire proposal. Hunters should definitely read through the hunting rules that cover all types of […]

Here’s your chance to speak for Maine’s brook trout

Good news from DIF&W. MDIFW To Host Two Wild Trout Conservation Strategy Informational Meetings  On October 11, 2018, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife publicly announced (MDIFW Exploring Strategies to Enhance Protections for Brook Trout and Arctic Charr While Preserving Traditional Fishing Methods and Fishing Economies) ongoing efforts to explore the development of […]

You might enjoy this interview with me

Scott Milewski of Augusta has started an interesting project featuring interviews with Mainers. You can access these interviews at www.interviewswithme.com. And yes, Scott did an interview with me! I spent a very interesting afternoon with Scott at my house. We talked about lots of things, and I shared many stories. All of which he edited […]

My recommendations for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Recommendations for Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife By George Smith, georgesmithmaine@gmail.com Unlock the door In the good old days, anyone could walk into DIF&W and meet with staff. Commissioner Bill Vail’s door was always open. My Dad would go in and visit with Bill from time to time. Today you must check in downstairs, […]

Time to demand public funding for DIFW

It is time to demand public funding for the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department, which does a lot for all the citizens of Maine, but gets almost no funding from most Mainers.  Public funding for DIFW should be the top priority in the next legislative session for all of Maine’s groups representing hunters, anglers, conservationists, […]

Legislative Committee likes New Brook Trout Protection Plan

DIF&W recently presented their plan to expand protection of our native brook trout to members of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. Today I want to share with you the reaction of committee members. This all began with a bill I submitted in the last legislative session to expand protection to the tributaries to […]