In previous years the results have been mediocre, but a floating boom installed in fall 2020 has improved its effectiveness. The floating boom deflects leaves and debris over the dam, keeping the grates in the fishway clear. Cleaner grates pass water more efficiently, helping to attract fish into the fishway.
To date, DEC Region 7 Fisheries staff have manually passed 249 landlocked Atlantic salmon and 44 rainbow trout. Numerous brown trout have been observed below the dam, but only three have used the ladder.
The fishway will remain open until icy conditions make it unsafe for DEC to operate.
Learn more about Cayuga Inlet here.
Photo of the fishway on Cayuga Inlet provided by DEC.