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. 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.
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. 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 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. Call Us: Visit Us: E. Marshall St Richmond, VA Email Us: [email protected]