Report for October 21, 2012 by Rich Yarges
I checked out Maloney Creek today for signs of our returning salmon. At the bridge under the old cascade hwy there was a good flow. JoAnne said she measured 4 inches under the bridge last week. The water is clear, shallow and running fast. I took a picture.
It wasn’t raining today, but it has been for the last week or so, and sometimes hard. You can see signs of the higher water. All the leaves have been swept out of the main channel and a half foot up the bank as well. The water is so clear and shallow; if there were adult salmon in the creek here you would see them. I didn’t see any.
I entered the creek again at Thelma Street and walked downstream a few hundred yards. The flow looked good, but I saw no fish; neither fingerlings nor adults. I took a picture at the former end of the Creek.
It sure looks different now.
Then, as I was walking back upstream, I noticed a few salmon eggs lying among the stones on the the bank near the water. There were 15 or 20 that I could see. Here are some pictures.
How did they get there? I can think of several possibilities, but the most likely one is that there were already salmon spawning up here when the water was higher. Look as I might, however, I could not see any salmon at all in the creek. The plot thickens. I will keep looking.