BDN wants to share your ice fishing memories

First, an apology: I’m sorry to be skipping the best part of autumn and prompting readers to start thinking (gulp) about ice-covered lakes and frozen fingers and toes.

But today, we’re talking about ice fishing.

I know, I know: It will be several weeks before we’re able to safely walk on water. Still, we need your help, and we want to hear your stories.

You see, we’re in the process of putting together the winter edition of BDN Maine Outdoors, and one of the stories revolves around ice fishing.

(Note I used the word “revolve.” That’s not an accident: In this story, I’m quite sure I’ll tell you the story of a BDN colleague who did just that, on his backside, down an icy boat ramp on one of our more memorable ice fishing adventures).

So what are we looking for out of you? I’m glad you asked.

If you’ve got an ice fishing tradition, tell us about it. If you’ve got a story about the fish of a lifetime (or the one that got away), we’re eager to hear it. And if you’ve got a tale about ice fishing misadventure (like sliding down a boat ramp on your rump), send it along!

Got an ice fishing tradition? A story about the one that didn’t get away? Share them with us.

You can send stories to me at, or by mailing them to my attention at Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, 04402-1329.

If you’ve got photos that illustrate your piece, great: Send those along, too.

As to length, we’re somewhat flexible: Try to aim for 200 words. Three hundred will still work. Four hundred is getting a bit too long. As always, we reserve the right to edit (and cut) your tales to meet our space restrictions, or to make sure your submission doesn’t land us in court.

You always wanted to be an outdoors writer. Nothing to it. Right? Well, here’s your chance to show us your stuff.

Write away. We look forward to hearing what you have to say.




John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.