PO Box 51, Dresden, Maine 04342 info@alewifeharvesters.org 207-441-3006

River Herring Commercial Harvests

Are you looking for fresh bait this spring? River herring, alewives and blueback herring, are a good source of bait for lobster and halibut fishing. River herring are typically harvested in May until early June.

Below are a list of all towns that currently harvest river herring commercially:

  • Alna
  • Bath
  • Benton
  • Cherryfield
  • Dresden
  • East Machias
  • Ellsworth
  • Franklin
  • Gouldsboro
  • Jefferson
  • Newcastle
  • Nobleboro
  • Orland
  • Perry
  • Phippsburg
  • Steuben
  • Sullivan
  • Vassalboro
  • West Bath
  • Warren
  • Woolwich


LD 922: Support fish passage in Sheepscot Pond

Representative Jeffrey Pierce and fisheries activist Bailey Bowden of Penobscot, ME have a call to action to allow passage of river herring and other fish into Sheepscot Pond. For more information contact Jeffrey Pierce at jeffrey@alewifeharvesters.org or (207) 441-3006.

LD 922: An Act Directing the Commissioner of Marine Resources To Investigate the Conditions of Sheepscot Pond Related to a Management Plan for Anadromous Fish Species. Read the bill in full: http://bit.ly/2A1zKjh

If you would like to contact your local legislator click this link: http://legislature.maine.gov/house/townlist.htm

If you would like to contact anyone from the Marine Resources Committee of the Legislature click this link: http://legislature.maine.gov/house/jt_com/mar.htm

Welcome to Alewife Harvesters of Maine

Welcome to Alewife Harvesters of Maine’s new and improved website! Our mission is to encourage and promote conservation, habitat restoration, and unimpeded passage; to promote sustainability in harvest plans; and to encourage community-based management plans that ensure the health of the alewife and blueback herring runs, so that they can be harvested annually.

Check back often for river herring resource materials, updates on the current river herring season and ways to get involved with river herring in your community. Also follow us on Facebook!