May 9: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The fish counter continues to register alewives making their way up the Supply Ponds fishway with 102 additional fish being counted for the week ending 5/9/2015. Based on alewife runs in previous years, we might be approaching the end of this season’s run. The next few weeks should see a decrease in the number of fish making their way up the fishway.

The Rainbow Dam Fishway in Farmington (near Bradley International) will be hosting their annual Open House on May 20 (Saturday) from 10 am until 3 pm. At this time, the gates will be open and you can come in and inspect the fishway, go downstairs and see the underground viewing window and watch fish swim past. The Rainbow Dam fish ladder is a series of 59 connected concrete boxes of water, each a foot higher than the last. The fish jump from one box to the other. This year’s date should be good for American Shad, Sea Lamprey, and maybe even an Atlantic Salmon. Plenty of other species like trout, bass, and sunfish drop by to say hi, too. If you are a fan of Connecticut’s native fish, this a great event. Contact Bruce Williams at DEEP for more information: bruce.williams@ct.gov

Directions to the Rainbow Dam Fishway
400 Rainbow Rd. Windsor, CT 06095

From I-91, take exit 40 to Rt.20 (Bradley Airport Exit). Travel west to the Hamilton South exit. At the end of the exit ramp turn left. Turn right at the first intersection on to Rainbow Road. The fishway is on the left about a quarter of a mile down the road. Look for a cyclone fence and a brown sign with yellow lettering.

by John Watson

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