You know it’s a special time year when the Alewives are headed back from the open ocean to fresh water of the Damariscotta Mills fish ladder to spawn.

If you haven’t seen the spectacle before, it’s worth a trip to the Mid-Coast to scope it out! Bring the kids and the grandparents!  Literally thousands are making the choice to go up the latter or up the waterfalls…and depending on that choice will decide whether they make it to the lake at the top where they get to spawn or if they get harvested as food and lobster bait. Keep in mind this only happens for a couple of short weeks and started a week early this year.  The lobstermen swear by them to snag some hard shells early in the season, the old timers love them for smoking, talk about making an amazing chowder… so when you see a hand painted sign that say “smoked alewives” get some!  And if you get some time to see the action at the fish latter with your own eyes this holiday weekend…do it! You’ll be glad you did!