Alewives Attract Gulls
by Steve Cartwright
On a bright day in early June, gulls flock to Damariscotta Mills hoping to catch one of the hundreds of silvery alewives swimming upstream to spawn in Damariscotta Lake. An occasional osprey or eagle cruises in, seeking to pluck a bony treat from swirling, cascading water.
Even fish that make it from the sea—up the Damariscotta River to Great Salt Bay, and up the ladder to the lake—face uncertainty. Several largemouth bass swam lazily at the lake outlet, ready to snarf down a tired alewife.