Tag Archives: Penobscot 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 […]

Elver anglers’ attention turns to Penobscot

If you’ve driven by the public boat ramp on North Main Street in Brewer lately, you may have wondered why so many trucks have been parked there. After all, there’s no Atlantic salmon season on the Penobscot River any longer, and the ramp allows access to a fairly short section of the river — often […]

Penobscot salmon returns still low

Periodically this spring and summer I’ve passed along updates from Maine Bureau of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat staffers that have illustrated the woes of Atlantic salmon this year. Today I’m sorry to report that the trend hasn’t changed: Not many Atlantic salmon have returned to the Penobscot River this year. According to Mitch Simpson, a […]

Stripers in the Penobscot? You won’t know if you don’t try

Last week I received an email that would have been commonplace just five years ago: It showed a smiling youngster holding a small striped bass, which he caught in the Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer. Alas, things have not gone well for the striper fishery over the past half decade, in Maine as a […]

Penobscot salmon total hits 168, lampreys thriving

Mitch Simpson of the Department of Marine Resources’ Bureau of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat checked in on Wednesday with his weekly report on activity at the Veazie Dam fish trap on the Penobscot River. Of foremost concern to many, Atlantic salmon are still showing up in good numbers at the trap, which is staffed by […]

70 Atlantic salmon counted at Veazie Dam thus far

Atlantic salmon returns at the Veazie Dam on the Penobscot River continue to be brisk, with 70 fish having been trapped at the facility as of Thursday, according to Mitch Simpson of the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ Bureau of Sea-run Fisheries and Habitat. That total ranks as the second-highest number of returning fish as […]