When the first day of spring arrives bearing bight sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s, you simply have to drop everything and find a way to get on the water—which is exactly what I did on March 20, 2012. Taking the not-so-subtle hint from Mother Nature, I threw a kayak into the back of my truck and headed for the Mattapoisett River in southeastern Massachusetts.
I had originally planned to paddle the tidal portion of the river, but changed my mind at the last moment and instead headed upstream from the dam at Rte. 6.
What I found was a river just beginning to come to life, and a reason to marvel anew at the incredible journey taken by the alewives, blueback herring and American eels that manage to make their way to their upstream spawning and nursery grounds each spring.
As you’ll see in the accompanying video, I could use a few lessons from these pros!
For more videos on the Mattapoisett River and Mattapoisett, check out the following: