Adult Size: Young of the year, alewives reach a length of 2 to 3 inches by their first fall and are usually 4 to 6 inches long at maturity. Males reach sexual maturity at age 2 and females mature at age 3. Alewife is the preferred bait for lobstermen. Helping the alewife will help local lobstermen by providing them with fresh, cheap and better quality bait. Rivers and lakes with alewife and blueback herring tend to grow larger sport fish like smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, trout and landlocked salmon.
Adult alewife are caught during their spring spawning migration upstream by being scooped out of shallow, constricted areas using large dip nets. They are the preferred bait for the spring lobster fishery in Maine, and are eaten by humans, usually smoked. In the North American Great Lakes. Alosa pseudoharengus Alewife spends its adult life in the ocean and returns to coastal streams to spawn. It also lives in landlocked lakes where it has been introduced. In lakes it swims in schools and occupies both deep and shallow waters.
Alewife may refer to. Alewife (fish), a North American herring Alewife (trade), a female brewer Alewife station, in Cambridge, Massachusetts "Alewife", a song from the Clairo album Immunity; Alewife Brook Reservation, a state park in Massachusetts; Alewife Brook Parkway, in Massachusetts; Alewife Linear Park, in Massachusetts; Alewife (multiprocessor), a computer system. Every May and June, adult alewives, guided by their sense of smell, migrate upstream from the ocean to rivers, streams, ponds and lakes to spawn. Spawning occurs in ponds and lakes or the quiet backwaters of rivers and streams. Some males return to freshwater when they are three years old.
Origin and dispersal of the alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, and the gizzard shad, Dorosoma cepedianum, in the Great Lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Stahlnecker, J.F. Production of juvenile alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) at two adult alewife stocking rates in two Maine lakes. University of Maine, Orono. Call Us: Visit Us: E. Marshall St Richmond, VA Email Us: [email protected]
The lakewide adult alewife (age 2 and older) biomass index declined 29% relative to The lake-wide age-1 alewife biomass index in declined relative to and was the lowest value observed since whole-lake sampling began in Managers were pleased to see strong alewife reproduction in Spawning populations of alewives are found in rivers and streams along the Maine coast. Spawning alewives average mm and weigh about g (Kircheis et al, ). The numbers of repeat spawners vary but may be as high as 25% of the total run. Adults enter rivers from early May to early June and swim upstream into lakes and ponds to spawn.