Great news Topher!
Six years ago I lived in Orono, ME for the summer. I used to cruise over to the Veazie Dam after work (maybe even while I should have been at work) and try for Atlantics in the pools below the dam.
The funny thing is that one day when I went to the dam I started catching loads of striped bass! Now I am a striper addict. I never did catch a salmon below the dam but I did rotate out of a pool and I saw a fine gentleman hook into a beauty. He lost it at his feet but I witnessed an amazing fight in a fairly strong current. The salmon bettered the angler on this day but I will never forget it.
The Penobscot is a pretty river and there will be some great stretches to fish above the dam as soon as it is removed.
I was always surprised that stripers congregated in large numbers below the dam. I wonder how far upriver they will travel when the dam is gone.