Sightings – Fish

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/5/11

Observation Time: 6:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Black Crappie (Calico Bass)

Scientific Name: Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Comments: Crappies are a popular sport fish, as they are easy to catch when they are feeding. As with other freshwater species in Massachusetts, crappies accumulate mercury in their tissues as a result of environmental pollution from power plants.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/4/10

Observation Time: 11:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Borderland State Park

Common Name: Bluegill Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis macrochirus

Comments: This bluegill sunfish was guarding its eggs.

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Bluegill Sunfish

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/4/10

Observation Time: 11:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Bluegill Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis macrochirus

Comments: These sunfish were spawning on a sandy area near the shore.

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Bluegill Sunfish

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/27/10

Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Beaver Brook near tennis courts

Common Name: Bullhead Catfish

Scientific Name: Ameiurus melas

Comments: I noticed a number of small black fish swimming near the dam, so I got a dipnet and caught this one (don’t worry, I released it alive!). It turned out to be a bullhead catfish. When the Department of Fish and Game sampled the fish in Beaver Brook on August 25, 2008 with electro-shocking equipment (which stuns but does not kill the fish) they found redfin pickerel, sunfish, bass and American eels, but they did not find bullhead catfish.

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Bullhead Catfish

Bullhead Catfish

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/11/15

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Largemouth bass

Scientific Name: Micropterus salmoides

Comments: There are some big largemouth bass in Lake Massapoag, which also supports a population of smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass are also present in smaller ponds in Sharon but smallmouth bass require cool, clear water so they are found only in the spring-fed waters of Lake Massapoag.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/11/10

Observation Time: 8:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond outflow pool

Common Name: Redfin Pickerel

Scientific Name: Esox americanus americanus

Comments: Redfin pickerel only reach a maximum of about a foot in length. They are typically much smaller—this specimen was only about 4″ long. They are common in Sharon’s streams. Preys on invertibrates and smaller fish.

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Redfin Pickerel

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/10/15

Observation Time: 7:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: White Perch

Scientific Name: Morone Americana

Comments: There are lots of white perch in Lake Massapoag. This one died and washed up on the shore.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/25/09

Observation Location: Beaver Brook, Sharon (downstream of the wooden foot bridge near the tennis courts)

Common Name: White Sucker

Scientific Name: Catostomus commersoni

Comments: White suckers in spawning frenzy in Beaver Brook, 4/25/09. Note the red stripes and erect dorsal fins. Suckers typically spawn for a few days sometime between April 15 and April 30. They also spawn in Sucker Brook where it enters Lake Massapoag near the entrance to the Community Center.

2-minute video of white suckers spawning in Beaver Brook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru_KsfE4ZJQ

White Suckers