Tag Archives: salmon returns

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 […]

Salmon returns ‘dismal’ on Penobscot, elsewhere

For much of the spring, those who keep an eager eye turned toward the Veazie Dam were left shaking their heads as Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot River lagged far behind the pace set during a banner 2011 season. Those prized fish, which are counted at the fish trap in Veazie before many are […]

2012 not a banner year for Penobscot salmon

Each spring, those with an interest in fisheries conservation and Atlantic salmon start paying particular attention to the Penobscot River and an activity that has taken place there every year since 1978: Salmon are trapped, examined, and often trucked to Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland. The results of those daily trips to […]