Connecticut River Coordinator's Office
Northeast Region
Photo of children observing fish at the Holyoke fish window in MA - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / John Suchoki
Photo of children observing fish at the Holyoke fish window in MA. Credit: John Suchoki/USFWS

Nearly 100,000 visitors observe the spring fish migration and visit state and federal salmon hatcheries in each of the four basin states every year.

Other recreational opportunities like This link opens in a new windowwildlife viewing and This link opens in a new windowboat launch locations in Massachusetts are available at their Web site.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council offers a good book for sale on boating and camping the Connecticut River:  The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea.

The Connecticut River Joint Commissions offers a free booklet on boating the Connecticut River: Boating on the Connecticut River in Vermont and New Hampshire.


February 11, 2009  Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission Migratory Fish Restoration Research Forum in Hadley, MA

Connecticut River Migratory Fish Activities Calendar

January - February: Ice Fishing for Atlantic Salmon
Big Atlantic salmon that have accomplished their job providing eggs for the restoration program are stocked into lakes in Massachusetts and Vermont. In Connecticut, adult salmon are also stocked into rivers outside the Connecticut River basin. Contact state fish and wildlife agencies for locations.

January - February: Egg Sorting
10-15 million salmon eggs are incubated in hatcheries each year. Volunteers can help sort, clean, and count the eggs.

April - May: Fry Stocking
Each spring, hundreds of people help to release baby salmon into streams throughout the Connecticut River valley. Volunteers walk the streams in waders, letting fish go along the way.

May - June: Procession of Migratory Fish
Come view salmon, shad, herring, lampreys, and other fish at fishways from Mother's Day to Father's Day. You can also volunteer to help count the fish.

May - June: Shad and Striper Fishing
Catch lunker striped bass as far north as the Holyoke Dam! Also, check out the annual shad derby sponsored by Northeast Utilities Service Co.

June: Wild Shad Spawning
At twilight or darker, look for shad spawning on the sandy shoals of riverbeds and islands. Their fins will be splashing loudly at the surface.

June - August: Swim with the Fishes
With a snorkel and mask, you can see freshwater mussels, dace, rainbow trout, brook trout, salmon, and crayfish, even in shallow stream riffles.

August - September: Stream Surveys
You can volunteer to walk streams to identify barriers to passage, erosion problems, and salmon habitat. Training provided.

August - October: Fish Survival Surveys
Volunteers can help net, count, weigh, measure, and record information on fish at specific stream locations.

October - November: Atlantic Salmon Spawning
From Halloween until Thanksgiving, visit hatcheries to see salmon being spawned.


Last updated: September 1, 2010
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