Alewife Brook in Cape Elizabeth, Maine is a small coastal stream, approximately 1.2 miles long, that runs from Great Pond to Casco Bay. Alewife Brook’s primary source is Great Pond, a 171 acre water body with a mean depth of four feet and a maximum depth of five feet (Maine DEP). Historic documents and anecdotes from local residents indicate that in past decades, the system has supported enough alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) that local lobstermen harvested the anadromous fish during their annual migrations to Great Pond to spawn, for use as bait.
Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Craig, M. (2016). Alewife Brook, Cape Elizabeth, River Herring Monitoring Summary 2015. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.