While we’re talking about the Penobscot, biologists with the Maine Department of Marine Resources report that Atlantic salmon continue to return to the river.
Mitch Simpson, a biologist for the DMR’s Division of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat, said in his weekly report that a total of 560 salmon had returned to the fish lift at Milford Dam as of Tuesday. That’s an increase of 103 from last week’s total.
“We are getting about 20 new salmon every day,” Simpson reported in his email. “River herring are still coming in, but the run is tailing off. American shad numbers have picked up slightly since the last report. We have caught a total of 1,444 American shad to date. I suspect that we will continue to see them coming in for a few more weeks. We have also caught six striped bass to date and I suspect we will continue to see a few more over the next few weeks.”
That total is the highest accumulated by June 29 since 2012 (562).
That striped bass total — six — is more evidence of stripers in the river. A week ago, the season total of stripers trapped in Milford stood at one.
A total list of fish counted at the Milford Dam thus far: 2 American eels, 1,444 American shad, 560 Atlantic salmon, 45 brook trout, 30 brown bullhead, 1 chain pickerel, 1 common shiner, 3 cusk, 32 fallfish, 26 landlocked salmon, 6 largemouth bass, 1 northern pike, 4 pumpkinseed, 47 redbreat sunfish, 588,797 river herring, 485 sea lamprey, 477 smallmouth bass and 6 striped bass.