April 30 Fish Report

Alewives are an important food source for ospreys when sitting on eggs.

Alewives are an important food source for ospreys when sitting on eggs.

As of the April 30 Fish Report, the counter at the Supply Ponds dam fishway had logged 965 fish. With the exception of 2010, when the fishway passed 40,000 fish for the season, this is the highest count at this point in the run since the fishway opened in 2006. Steve Gephard, Supervisor of DEEP’s Anadromous Fish Program, notes that the unusually cold water temperatures are slowing the migrations, so we may see the numbers pick up as temperatures rise, especially if the heavy rain we had on Wednesday and Thursday maintains the strong flow rate over the dam.

See the fish report for details about fish migrations around Connecticut, as well as news of the dead 7-foot long Atlantic Sturgeon that was found washed up on a beach in Lyme.

Don’t forget that there will be an open house at the fishway on World Fish Migration Day, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 P.M.

Photo by Diane Hull

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