Fish ladders are simple solutions for allowing migrating fish to get past dams. Unfortunately, they are not always effective for all species. The Alaskan Steepass at Elm St Dam on the Jones River does a pretty good job of allowing river herring to pass but other species including smelt and shad are unable to negotiate the ladder. This American Shad has been hanging out for a couple of days wondering why it’s at the end of road when it can still feel flow coming down the river. The herring swimming around with this shad will hopefully realize they can head up.