The recent warm weather raised water temperatures and pushed Alewife Herring and other anadromous fish up to their spawning grounds. Every spring, River Herring come from the Atlantic Ocean back to the same streams where they were born to reproduce. Unlike Pacific Salmon, River Herring do not die after spawning. If they are able to survive, herring will be able to spawn multiple times.
Earlier this week, I found 5000+ Alewife in a small stream off the Susquehanna River. Dry weather has certainly made for great water clarity in the Chesapeake's tributaries.