Even though it was very crowded, some of my fondest memories are of salmon fishing on the Penobscot in the 1980's. I never caught a fish, but I met a number of really nice people, many of whom were really extraordinary fishermen. It was a grteat asset to the State of Maine and the Northeast US.
Unfortunately, the high point was in the early 1980's, and the fishery declined very rapidly after about 1987. I am looking forward to the next step in reviving the fishery.