Ellsworth Approves Removal of Branch Lake Stream Dam

ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth City Councilors approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the city and the Downeast Salmon Federation. City manager, David Cole, said it benefits the city and environment. https://www.foxbangor.com/news/item/47384-ellsworth-city-council-approves-agreement-with-the-downeast-salmon-federation

‘Love Flows’ Documentary World Premiere

“The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993, [their] mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film.” … Continue reading

John Waldman to speak at annual Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation

Machias, Maine — Aquatic conservation biologist John Waldman will present the sixth annual Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation on Thursday, March 28 at the University of Maine at Machias. The lecture, “Atlantic Rivers: Migratory Fish, Dams, Energy Production and … Continue reading

  • Annual Smelt Fry & International Year of the Salmon Celebration!


    The 2019 Annual Smelt Fry and Fisheries Celebration is April 13th!!
    Ice-out finally happened on the Pleasant River in the early morning of April 1 - no foolin'! We were able to stock up on plenty of these delicious little fishes and we are ready to fry them up!
    DSF's 2019 Annual Smelt Fry is being held on April 13, 2019 from 11am - 4pm with events being held throughout downtown Columbia Falls.
    This year's events include:
    DSF Partner Organizations @ Union Hall (all day)
    Local Craft Vendors @ Union Hall (all day)
    Downeast Institute's interactive 'Touch Tank' @ Union Hall (all day)
    Face Painting @ Union Hall (11:00AM - 2:00PM)
    Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum Vintage Photo Exhibit @ Pleasant River Hatchery (all day)
    Airline Brewing Company @ DSF Heritage Smelt Shack (all day)
    Fly Tying Workshop @ Pleasant River Hatchery (11:00AM - 12:30PM)
    The 2nd Annual "Late for Lunch" canoe race/paddle coordinated by our friends at the Pleaseant River Fish and Game Conservation Association (more information here) - Start @ PRF&GCA (10:30AM)
    Awards @ Union Hall during lunch hour
    Citizen Science - Smelt Monitor Training @ Pleasant River Hatchery (1:30PM)
    DSF's Annual Passing of the Paddle, an award that DSF bestows each year upon an individual who has shown passion and commitment to DSF's mission @ Wreaths Across America (2:00PM)
    50/50 Raffle @ Wreaths Across America (3:30PM)
    Prize Raffles @ Wreaths Across America (3:30PM)
    DSF's 2019 Spring Raffle with a grand prize of a Guided Fishing Trip down the St. Croix River by Maine Guide Todd Cushing @ Wreaths Across America (4:00PM)
    **Shuttle transportation will be provided between parking areas and venues**
    We hope to see you at this year's Smelt Fry!
    Celebrate the arrival of Spring and enjoy a fresh fried smelt dinner.

    Visit our Events page to see what else is upcoming!

  • 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.