We recently bought an inflatable 2 person kayak, and have really gotten some good use out of it in the past few weeks. For our first trip, we launched it onto the Lower Mystic Lake.
I watched the water pouring out of the spillway for a while, and I was pretty surprised to see that the birds here have such an easy life. Herring get sucked out into the spillway by the dozens, along with a very shallow sheet of water, and end up laying out on the cement of the spillway, frantically trying to reach the edge. Once they fall into the water they will be safe, but the seagulls seem in no rush to eat their fill. Each herring ends up laying out on the cement for at least a solid minute.
We headed further down on the lake, approaching the mouth of the Mystic River, where we saw a lot of herring spawning, causing an incredible effect in the water, as if it were boiling.
This was our first time on the kayak, and honestly, we were a little nervous about what it could withstand. So, we got as far as this bridge, and a little beyond, and then decided to turn back around. We also decided to go without the skeg, which stabilizes the boat. This turned out to be a mistake, because we were all over the place while paddling.
I’ve never gone under a bridge on water before, but I have to say, it was a lot less spooky than I assumed it was, and a lot more relaxing. A welcome break from the afternoon sun.
Once done kayaking, we decided to walk along the Upper Mystic Lake, and came across a lot of bluegill spawning beds. It was very interesting to see that these fish make such an effort in scooping out gravel and sand to create their nests. Beyond this, we saw something even more interesting. We aren’t sure what kind of fish these were, but I did take a video to document it. Fish Behavior in Mystic Lake
Overall, a great day out on the water.