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First tug of the season brings relief

Everything is happening late this year, including the run of herring. The shadbush bloom has come and gone. The tiny white flowers that appear along most of the back roads are typically the first sign that the river herring are back.

The herring run up the herring ladders to spawn in the freshwater ponds. Usually, migrating striped bass are not far behind. Last Friday, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) posted that the herring have returned to the Gay Head run. They’re here in full force. The taking of any spring herring is still banned, but knowing that they are here lets us know that the larger bass are not far behind. You can watch the herring swimming in the run on the tribe’s Facebook page.


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