Ellsworth dam relicensing proceeds apace

January 12, 2018 by Stephen Rappaport – Ellsworth American ELLSWORTH — The bitter cold of the new year was a reminder of the glacial pace of relicensing proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Leonard Lake and Graham Lake dams on the … Continue reading

Conservation group acquires land needed for dam removal project

By AP • January 16, 2018 – Bangor Daily News SULLIVAN, Maine — A conservation group has acquired about seven acres in Hancock County as part of a dam removal project. The Downeast Salmon Federation says it has taken ownership of the parcel … Continue reading

All for the Cost of a Dollar a Parr

DSF’s Peter Gray Parr Project has just been featured in Sporting Classics Daily! By Tom Keer When spelled with one “r,” par refers to the number of strokes required by a first-rate golfer on a given hole. I played golf … Continue reading

  • 18th Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day CelebrationApril 21st in Columbia Falls. Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun!  Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 11am until 4pm. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available.  This is truly a family-friendly event!

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  • Semianadromous or sea-run brook trout, commonly called "salters," may spend up to three months at sea feeding on crustaceans, fish, and marine worms in the spring, not straying more than a few miles from the river mouth. The fish return to freshwater tributaries to spawn in the late summer or autumn. While in salt water, salters gain a more silvery color, losing much of the distinctive markings seen in freshwater. However, within two weeks of returning to fresh water, they assume typical brook trout color and markings.