I happened upon some Lake Michigan alewife, so I ate some.
Near Lake Michigan, happening upon alewife usually mean the rotting mess of mass alewife die-offs. Like this:
Or these. This is not how I happened upon mine, luckily. No, mine emerged from from the water alive and skipping.
These alewife reminded me of nothing so much as sardines. They are, in fact, both members of the Clupeidae family along with other old-man favorites like herring. Harking back to the first time I tried sardines while sailing with my grandfather, I thought it appropriate to just go with some crackers. Like the hard-tack of the salty-sea-dogs of yore, but classed up a bit.
Recipe: Alewife & Cucumber Crackers