In the middle of the dam was a stone block fish ladder that was very inefficient. This was a good thing for fishing as they would stack up in the pools below the dam. Later a new ladder was built to capture the fish to be transported and used for the stocking program. Because the fish captured were the original genome the raising of these fish has a viable possibility to sustain the run.
A number of years ago fishing was closed on all Maine rivers as the Federal Government contributed funds so long as the salmon are considered endangered.
This year we are seeing a dramatic increase in early numbers when compared to the past few decades. Some of the reasons are clear as the netting buyouts off Greenland. The one factor that is also in place is the cycle of ocean environment now in a good trend for a number of North Atlantic cold water species. It will be interesting to see what happens with the North Atlantic Cod as well.