On September 24, the Damariscotta Mills fish ladder community lost a dear friend— Barbara Betts (fondly called Barbie). During the spring, Barbie was one of the first people walking the Route 215 bridge by the fish stream. A fast friend of Mulligan sisters (Sal and MJ), Barbie could be seen at the smokehouse cleaning the […]
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We had a great harvest this year. Thanks lobsterman for your support! See you next year!
The hot weather put an end to this years alewife run, which was already winding down. The final count of alewives getting into Damariscotta Lake to spawn is 1,047,918! Now that’s a lot of fish!
After a cold and wet Memorial Day weekend, when the alewives backed out almost entirely, sunshine and warmth this week brought them back into the fish ladder. The run is definitely slowing but there are still fish to see. Yesterday we observed a seal swimming along the entrance to the fish ladder. He (or she) […]
Cold and rainy weather has taken a toll on the alewife run. This morning, there are few to no new alewives in the fish ladder and not many throughout the fish ladder. Sad to see after the huge masses of fish of the last few weeks. We won’t know until the weather warms whether or […]
Due to COVID-19, there is again no Alewife Festival this year. With wind and rain kicking off the weekend, maybe it’s not a bad thing. The alewives didn’t get the message and they are here in great numbers although they are slowing down somewhat compared to their strong showing of the past few weeks. So, […]
The fish are slowing down so the harvesting crew will not be dipping on Memorial Day—Monday, May 31–either at 5am or at 3:30 pm. If there are plenty of fish, harvesting will resume on Tuesday, June 1. Check with the fish agent, Mark Becker, at 380-7996 for further information.
2021 is an amazing year for alewives! We’ve had a steady stream of alewives in for a couple of weeks now and the run shows no signs of slowing down. Wow, what a year to visit the Damariscotta Mills fish ladder!! If you want to see thousands and thousands of alewives…and eagles, osprey, great blue […]
There are lots of fish in this week so harvests should be good all week. Harvesting takes place Monday – Friday at 5am and 3:30pm each day. Depending on the number of people waiting for fish, there may be a 3 tray limit with the option to get back in the line for additional fish. […]
There are so many fish right now that sometimes you can’t see them–or, should I say, the fish are solid and it’s hard to distinguish a single fish from the total mass of fish. That’s a lot of fish! If you’re viewing behind the fish house, look on the edges of the black mass of […]