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I am a Masters student at Dalhousie and I am conducting my research on Alewives. I'll be heading out for sampling this Spring. I am already will be sampling in the Shubenacadie, Annapolis, Annis, Gaspereau, Kennetcook, LaHave, Musquodobit, River Herbert and River Phillip. Are there any other rivers that have alewife runs?

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Hi There Master Student,

Every year I see them in the kajillions in the little creek that connects Powder Mill Lake to Lake William. They are very early in the season though, I am sure you know that. There is a bridge that goes over the creek just before Reg Moir Drive. Look right off the bridge or follow the creek to Lake William and there they be.

Happy fish research.

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Hi AG
As it happens just before I came back from town, I went to Tims and meet my friend Jeff there. We had a long talk on the subject - Kayaks he calls them. He fishes several rivers and has records going back many years. An interesting coffee.
Lots of theories!
Good stuff your studying.
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i remember as a teenager going to school in chester.they use to run into stanford lake, i've caught them on the gold river and it's tributaries,middle river was actually one of the easiest locations . but the small brook going through chester[right beside the old hawbolt building location]is very short and easy to get to!the brook[if memory serves me correctly]is only about 6-10 feet wide , maybe!it would be an interesting lake because as far as i know , not a soul fishes the lake!good luck with the research!
 

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Most of the South Shore Rivers still have Gaspereau(kayak)runs. You can always see people dipping kayaks for Lobster bait in the Barrington River in May. I have seen large schools in the Clyde River(while Trout fishing) swimming through my feet on many occasions. Many of the smaller brooks that run out of lakes close to salt water will have runs as well, like the brook next to Kenny and Ross in Port Saxon.

Good Luck on your research!
 

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If you are going to be in the general kennetcook area, you can also find gaspereau in the Walton River (near Walton), running into a number of brooks back the Colbert Road, up maitland way (the little brook near the road near frieze and Roy store)and a strong run going into Hines lake.its a great area to find gaspereau, lots of healthy runs.
 

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Hey Meghan,

Pennant Brook in Sambro (~30 minutes from Halifax) has gaspereau run up it. If you do decide to go to this river let me know, and I can give you better details on where to dip for them. Not sure what my work schedule will be like then but if I was off I could just show you as it's less than 5 minutes from my house. If not I can still describe to you where to go.

Good luck with the research!
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I find this thread very interesting and I learned something. I did not know that gasperaux and alewives were the same. I knew that they were related to the family level but thought them to be different species. I grew up in NS and fished salmon on the southshore rivers and of course, shad and gasperaux where always a bye catch. My family had a summer home on Little Mush a mush and I remember when I was very young, the gasperaux would be so thick in the lake and the rivers that we could kill them with rocks. (I know; in retrospect that was stupid but my dad always put them on the garden in bucket loads.) Anyway, when I moved to the great lakes and started to research the salmon and steelhead, I learned that their main forage is alewives only a smaller version. (I've never seen one bigger than about 6") At times, while chucking spoons from the shore of Lake Ontario, we would impale them on our lures as they were that thick. In fact, alewives were the primary reason for bringing chinook salmon the great lakes. It would seem that the little guys caused a bit of stink after spawning and caused some problems with asthetics and the natural smell of the lakeshore, so in the 60's, chinook salmon were introduced to knock them down.

Anyway, thanks all for the lesson.

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It's part of the Shubenacadie system that you already mentioned, but you can find them right up to the locks in the canal between Lakes Charles and Micmac.

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Would these be good striper bait?
 

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Would these be good striper bait?
Hi Kingfish,

I spoke with a gentleman last year while mackerel fishing for the primary purpose of fishing stripers and he told me that they always dipped gaspereaux for bait. Apparently you can easily get 4 in a 2 litre milk type container, cover with water and freeze. Sounds reasonable to me, especially since they are out so early in the season, far earlier than the macks.

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I am a Masters student at Dalhousie and I am conducting my research on Alewives. I'll be heading out for sampling this Spring. I am already will be sampling in the Shubenacadie, Annapolis, Annis, Gaspereau, Kennetcook, LaHave, Musquodobit, River Herbert and River Phillip. Are there any other rivers that have alewife runs?

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Hi Kingfish,

I spoke with a gentleman last year while mackerel fishing for the primary purpose of fishing stripers and he told me that they always dipped gaspereaux for bait. Apparently you can easily get 4 in a 2 litre milk type container, cover with water and freeze. Sounds reasonable to me, especially since they are out so early in the season, far earlier than the macks.

James
Hey James

I can dip you some gaspereau for striper bait in exchange for you taking me mackerel and striper fishing. How many fish is it going to cost me?

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Sent you a message Billy. Interested in going troutin' the first weekend of open water season?

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Hi Kingfish,

I spoke with a gentleman last year while mackerel fishing for the primary purpose of fishing stripers and he told me that they always dipped gaspereaux for bait. Apparently you can easily get 4 in a 2 litre milk type container, cover with water and freeze. Sounds reasonable to me, especially since they are out so early in the season, far earlier than the macks.

James
Thanks all! Gonna go dippin'. Anyone know if the little river down Cow Bay way still has a gaspereau run?
When abouts do the runs start?

King
 
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