‘It’s a part of life here’: Down East smelt fry a celebration of spring, local foods

Article By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff If he peeked around the corner from where his fish-frying station was set up, Evan Emerson could see the place where he and others caught the fish in the first place. The smelts — … Continue reading

  • Sipping Suds for Atlantic Salmon - Wednesday, April 26th - Have you wanted to learn more about Atlantic salmon fishing and conservation? To meet and talk with people who have been? To meet with experts who are leading efforts to protect and restore the species? And to maybe win a trip Atlantic salmon fishing? Then this event is for you! Come talk salmon fishing and drink beer at Mystic Brewing Company and enjoy food from Ciao Pizza and Pasta. This a partnership event with the Miramichi Salmon Association and Atlantic Salmon Federation. $15 in advance / $20 at the door. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Mystic Brewery, 174 Williams Street, Chelsea, Massachusetts. Go to Eventbrite for tickets!

    Alewife Monitor Training  - April 26th with DSF biologist Brett Ciccotelli. To be held in Washington County. Contact brett@mainesalmonrivers.org for more information. Details coming soon!

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  • Semianadromous or sea-run brook trout, commonly called "salters," may spend up to three months at sea feeding on crustaceans, fish, and marine worms in the spring, not straying more than a few miles from the river mouth. The fish return to freshwater tributaries to spawn in the late summer or autumn. While in salt water, salters gain a more silvery color, losing much of the distinctive markings seen in freshwater. However, within two weeks of returning to fresh water, they assume typical brook trout color and markings.