John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


Annika Rod & Fly changes locations, remains in Brewer

on May 26, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
The rescued loon sits in a tote.

Injured, entangled loon rescued by Camp Capella staffers

By John Holyoke on May 25, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
“It’s not in our job description [to save loons], but it felt good.”

Don’t give bears a reason to stop by your house

on May 19, 2017, at 9:51 a.m.
The Forest City dam on East Grand Lake. The dam's owner Woodland Pulp LLC. filed papers to surrender it's license to operate the dam and decommission the project. The decommissioning of the project could possibly result in the permanent drop in water level of East Grand Lake.

The fate of this tiny border town may rely on the future of its dam

By John Holyoke on May 19, 2017, at 7:08 a.m.
Upstream from the dam lies East Grand Lake, a massive, 16,000-acre impoundment that ranks among the state’s most popular fishing destinations. Around the lake are more than 2,000 camps and cottages.

Ellsworth woman wins BDN drift boat trip

on May 12, 2017, at 9:31 a.m.

A reader wants to know: What made this nest?

on May 11, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Rob Dunnett feeds out line while fishing on Toddy Pond in Orland recently. Come spring and fall, Dunnett likes to focus his fishing efforts on trolling with streamer flies.

Trolling streamer flies still a tradition for some Maine anglers

By John Holyoke on May 11, 2017, at 10:56 a.m.
Tie a hand-crafted streamer fly on the end of your line and go trolling.
Ernie MacDonald, a member of the Penobscot Fly Fishers, dumps fish into the Stillwater River in Orono Tuesday.  Members of the UMaine Fishing Club also participated in the stocking of brook trout, that was brought from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hatchery in Enfield.

Putting fish where the people are: Trout stocked at UMaine and in Kenduskeag Stream

By John Holyoke on May 04, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
“It’s awesome that [the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife] is willing to [stock fish] this close to campus.”

Readers sound off: Most say national monument should be left alone

on May 04, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.

Maine DOT wants to know: What’s the oddest place you’ve seen a moose?

on May 02, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Wild turkeys forage in an apple orchard in Eddington on a recent morning.

Two mild winters should pay off for Maine’s turkey hunters

By John Holyoke on April 28, 2017, at 1:30 a.m.
The bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has some good news for turkey hunters.

Time for fighting’s over. Instead, let’s embrace Maine’s national monument

on April 27, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
Peter Lataille surfs a wave on the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor Tuesday morning. Lataille and his friend Adam Swett were taking advantage of the unusually high water level of the stream that was boosted by the sudden snow melt. The Kendskeag Stream canoe race will be held this weekend. If the water level remains high, it should provide a challenge for participants.

High water may greet paddlers at 51st Kenduskeag race

By John Holyoke on April 14, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“It’s probably going to go down a little bit [before Saturday], which is OK. We don’t want it to go down too much.”

Kenduskeag update: Six Mile Falls is raging

on April 10, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
Fly fishermen try their hands at catching landlocked salmon at Grand Lake Stream during opening day of open water fishing season in Grand Lake Stream Saturday.

A cherished tradition: Dozens of opening day anglers head to Grand Lake Stream

By John Holyoke on April 03, 2017, at 1:06 p.m.
“It’s historic, and it’s Maine, really. It’s why we endure all this [snow] for six months. So we can do this in April and May.”

Relishing the final days afield with a trusted dog

on March 30, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
Eric Gallandt, president of the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization, carries an old racing canoe down to the Pushaw Stream in Old Town on Tuesday with canoe partner Nicole Grohoski.

Canoe and kayak group’s president stumbled upon the sport by accident

By John Holyoke on March 30, 2017, at 6:19 a.m.
Eric Gallandt, president of the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization, says the sport has one rule: “Keep your paddle in the water.”

Photo from the past: Salmon sunrise

on March 27, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.

From alligators to hares, it’s been an eventful week in the outdoors

on March 23, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.

It’s not too early to start planning for the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta

on March 20, 2017, at 9:57 a.m.