I mentioned I helped some fish move last weekend. Herring have been returning in greater numbers to spawn, particularly at the Upper Mystic Lake
. A dam there makes it quite difficult to get from the Lower to Upper Mystic Lake.
The local paper reported efforts by an annual bucket brigade to lift the fish over the dam. Plans are under way to rebuild the dam with a herring ladder. For now a taxi service is necessary. Having read the article to my daughter, she got very excited about helping the fish and wanted to go out last weekend.
This first photo is one of the nets we were using to snag the herring.
There were quite a few people who showed up, in part due to the article in the newspaper.
Unfortunately, as one of the organizers mentioned in the article, predicting when the herring run to spawn is hit or miss. It's not like the fish have Memorial Day Weekend marked on their calendars to remind them to show up. Last year was a big hit with about 19,000 fish lifted. This year, not so much. My daughter and I did net one which made the trip worth while.
After our success, we gave way to others waiting for a turn with the nets. Here is a view from the dam.
Once the fish are caught, they are put in buckets of water. The buckets are hooked to lines and then hauled up by people on the dam who dump the fish into the Upper Mystic Lake on the other side of the dam. You can kind of see the lines hanging down here.
When we left, they had tallied all of 160 or so fish. A fun morning, despite the lack of herring.