Tag Archives: Penobscot River Restoration Project

“Shadman” coming to Veazie to teach anglers about his favorite species

John A. Punola lives in New Jersey, and spends plenty of time fishing there. In fact, the octogenarian will tell you that he has built up quite a reputation over the years. “I started shad fishing in the Delaware River. That was back in 1972, during trout season,” Punola said during a recent phone interview. […]

Despite major life changes, anglers renew friendships at a familiar river

A year ago, the group of us met on the Penobscot River, eager to celebrate a rejuvenated fishery, and to spend time among like-minded fly fishers. Some of us had met each other before; others hadn’t. But on that glorious June day in Old Town, that didn’t matter: We all exchanged greetings and introductions, then waded […]

Stripers in Old Town? You bet!

The trip was, supposedly, a shad-fishing expedition. That’s what we told each other, and, as you can read here, the shad did cooperate when a group of anglers headed to Old Town’s Shad Rips last week. But there were surprises lurking in the waters of the Penobscot River, we quickly found out. Pete Douvarjo of […]

Shad, river herring pouring into Penobscot

Several years ago, before the removal of two dams on the Penobscot River as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, I spoke with a conservationist who had a pretty good idea what would transpire in the future. That man, Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited, pointed at the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, which […]

Mussel men (and women) wanted for Penobscot relocation effort

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust marked another milestone last week when an earthen cofferdam at the Veazie Dam site was breached, allowing water to flow naturally. The expected result: The water level above the dam has dropped significantly. And that means that there’s plenty more work to be done … and the PRRT is looking […]

Salmon returns on Penobscot slow

After a 2012 season during which only 624 Atlantic salmon were counted at the Veazie Dam fish trap, conservationists hoped that trend — one that was mirrored in Canadian salmon rivers as well — would end with a banner 2013 season. Don’t get alarmed … yet. But it hasn’t started out that way. As of […]

Penobscot discoloration no cause for alarm

Over the weekend I began receiving emails that sounded pretty grim. In a nutshell, veteran river-watchers on the Penobscot were concerned because the river was running brown, with plenty of sediment floating downstream. Members of the Veazie Salmon Club, who often meet at their clubhouse to play cards in the mornings (and who are, as […]

Great Works dam breached

Workers reached another milestone over the weekend as the Great Works Dam in Bradley was breached. The dam was among two that are going to be removed as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project — a fish bypass will be built at a third — opening 1,000 miles of habitat to sea-run fish. That […]

Tribal team to raise Penobscot restoration funds at Boston Marathon

Thousands of runners will toe the starting line of the 116th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., on April 16. Among them will be three marathoners with ties to the Penobscot Indian Nation who will be racing as fund-raisers on behalf of The Nature Conservancy and the Penobscot River Restoration Project. “Team Penobscot” consists of former […]