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Thousands of Fish Get a Lift in Holyoke


HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB)- Every spring, New Englanders have the opportunity to see an amazing view of fish lifted over the Holyoke dam.

Wednesday was opening day for Robert E. Barett Fishway’s viewing season.

Sensing warm water, fish migrate upstream.  When they arrive in Holyoke, they have already traveled 86 miles from the mouth of the Conn. River from the Long Island sound and hit the dam.

In order to continue on the journey, these fish need a ride.

Thousands of fish are attracted into a passage way. They then swim into a large bucket, and lifts carry the migrating fish up and over the Holyoke dam.

Visitors can actually watch the trip in action from the observation deck overlooking the Conn. River.

There is also a counting room on the premises where students from Holyoke Community College use a clicker to count every single fish that passes through.

Wednesday, they expect over 20,000 fish to come by. For all of last year, over 500,000 fish.

The Holyoke Fishway is operated by Holyoke Gas and Electric. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through June 16.

The Fishway is fun for all ages and admission is free.

You can visit this website for more information.

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