The Downeast Salmon Federation’s Smokehouse is Hitting the Road!

The Downeast Salmon Federation has been identified as one of 11 organizations selected for the Maine Department of Agriculture’s “Agricultural Development Grant”. Pending a successful contract with the department, the grant award of $31,000 with $15,000 in matching funds from … Continue reading

  • Coming Soon

    25th Annual Freeport Dinner Join the Atlantic Salmon Federation for their annual salmon dinner on Saturday, March 28th from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, Maine. RSVP by March 6 to Cindy at ASF at 207-725-2833 or

    Union Salmon Association Annual Dinner and Silent Auction Join the association on Saturday, April 11 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Betty's Hilltop House (formerly Ellsworth Ale House) on Route 3 (337 High Street) in Ellsworth, Maine. RSVP by April 5 to Barb at 207-667-6070 or

    Saco River Salmon Club & Hatchery Banquet Join the club on Sunday , April 12 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel Conference Room, 352 North Street in Saco, Maine. RSVP by March 5 to Garry at 207-283-4003 or

    Annual Smelt Fry, Saturday April 18th!  Join us for an afternoon long event in the Village of Columbia Falls from 1pm - 6pm.

    Join us for the 3rd Annual Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash at the East Machias Aquatic Research Center on May 9th!

  • Atlantic Salmon are iteroparous, which means they can spawn more than once. Some adults will migrate back to the ocean after spawning (these fish are called kelt, or black salmon) to regain their strength and fat stores before returning for a second or even third time to spawn. Fish species that spawn only once and then die are referred to as semelparous.