Tag Archives: Penobscot River

Stripers in Old Town? You bet!

Denis Dauphinee of Bradley celebrates after he catches his first striped bass in seven years during a recent trip on the Penobscot River. In the ensuing days, Dauphinee and his son have caught more than 100 stripers in the river. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

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

Cory Gardner, a research technician working for UMaine’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology and USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, holds a radio receiver above the surface of the water, listening for tagged salmon and shad, on Friday, while floating from Old Town to Brewer on the Penobscot River in 2014. BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki

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 […]

Committee votes to return canoe nationals to Penobscot for next two years

Ryan Linehan and his son, Ryan, dump their canoe during the junior-senior race in the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. The competition committee of the American Canoe Association voted on Saturday to return to the Penobscot for the next two whitewater open canoe national championships in 2016 and 2017. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

When Scott Phillips and his fellow race organizers worked to stage the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, they were hoping the races wouldn’t end up being a one-time event. Before the four-day championships wrapped up on Sunday, Phillips learned that attendees were duly impressed: During a Saturday meeting of the American Canoe Assocation’s competition committee, […]

Atlantic salmon count on the Penobscot up to 560

An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway at Brookfield Energy in Milford Wednesday. After more than three decades capturing Atlantic salmon at the Veazie Dam, that operation has moved to Milford, where a new fishlift was unveiled in 2014. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

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 […]

Our Maine Heritage: Alewives on the Souadabscook, 1988

Fishing agent Jim Bennett boxes up the frisky alewives dipped from the Souadabscook Stream in Hampden.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BOB DELONG

Earlier today, we posted a story about the tremendous success story taking place on some tributaries of the Penobscot River: Alewives are streaming by the thousands into Blackman Stream in Bradley after restoration and stocking efforts that began five years ago. This “Our Maine Heritage” photo shows that in some tributaries in the lower river, […]

Atlantic salmon returns lagging on the Penobscot and in Canada

For more than a century, conservationists have sought to restore the Atlantic salmon population in the Penobscot River. Each year, river-watchers eagerly await the return of those fish, many of which are trapped and transported to a hatchery where they’ll be used to produce the next generation of Penobscot salmon. Unfortunately, for the third consecutive […]

Salmon returns to the Penobscot very low thus far

A year ago, Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot river were dismal — just 372 fish, the lowest in the 36-year history of the fish lift at the Veazie Dam. Salmon returns were low on many other Atlantic salmon rivers, and anglers and conservationists hoped for a better 2014 season. That hasn’t happened thus far […]

Penobscot salmon returns reach 200

After a gloomy week of wet weather, the email I received from Mitch Simpson (along with a bit of sun) certainly brightened up my Thursday. Simpson, a fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ Bureau of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat, reported that Atlantic salmon returns on the Penobscot River had picked up a […]

Penobscot salmon count reaches 84

Maybe next week. Or the week after that. Seems like we’ve been saying those words for quite awhile now, doesn’t it? And here we are (again), waiting for the annual run of Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot River to (finally) kick into high gear. According to Mitch Simpson, a fisheries biologist for the Maine Department […]

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 […]