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: 4/17/13

Observation Time: 12:40

Observation Location: Beaver Brook, Sharon (downstream of the wooden footbridge near the tennis courts at the outbound train station)

Common Name: White Sucker

Scientific Name: Catostomus commersoni

Comments: White suckers spawn in Beaver Brook for a few days in mid to late April. Remember to look for them after you file your taxes. Note the reddish stripes on the sides of the males flanking the female in the photo. The female and the males release their eggs and sperm simultaneously, thrashing their tails to mix them and ensure fertilization. White suckers also spawn in Sucker Brook where it enters Lake Massapoag near the entrance to the Community Center.

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

Observer: Richard Kramer

Observation Date: 4/19/13

Observation Time: 2:35 p.m.

Observation Location: Sucker Brook near the entrance to the Community Center

Common Name: White Sucker

Scientific Name: Catostomus commersoni

Comments: White suckers spawn in Sucker Brook for a few days in mid to late April. Remember to look for them after you file your taxes. The female and the males release their eggs and sperm simultaneously, thrashing their tails to mix them and ensure fertilization. White suckers also spawn in Beaver Brook just downstream of the wooden footbridge near the tennis courts at the outbound train station.

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

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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