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Old 12-21-2004, 08:55 AM
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Question Quesions About Charles River Sightings

From my office building I have been watching seagulls bunched up, sitting on and actively hovering close to the surface of the Charles River. I have seen them from the BU bridge down to the locks. I cant tell if they are feeding. Im just curious because I also remember seeing this is the spring and I wonder if its an indication of bait fish migrating. Does anybody know what they are doing?

Also in mid November I saw some fish swirls near the Mass Ave bridge - the size of the fish was that of a carp or small striper but I could not see it well enough to determine the species. Could these have been stripers migrating up the river? Do carp or other fish over 3 pounds feed on the surface in the Charles that time of year? I think I also remember seeing these swirls in early spring too.
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Old 12-21-2004, 09:22 AM
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November is also the time when freshwater bass do some heavy feeding.
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Old 12-22-2004, 05:59 PM
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they may be feeding on "brown trout"....

The birds like to hang out in the center of the river in the area that you mentioned. It looks like they are feeding, but they aren't. I fish and run this area frequently. It is a hang out spot for the birds, maybe there is some sewage coming up out there, but probably not (most comes along the shore).

Most of those swirls, especially the big ones are carp. They gulp air and surface even in the coldest months. This isn't feeding activity. But it can show you where schools are. Carp are catchable year round, but get tough when it is this cold and the cold makes them fight like boots. Surface activity doesn't usually happen outside of may/june here. During the fall you can often see clouds of juvi herring, but the chases are pretty much sub-surface. There are many species in the chuck that feed on them.
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