Report for November 3, 2012 by Rich Yarges
I looked for salmon at the bridge over the Old Cascade Highway today. The creek had dropped to what it had been several weeks ago when I walked it in my waders. When I looked over the edge of the bridge I spooked a heron. We both startled each other. The heron took off flying downstream. Near the shore below the bridge was a pod of 5-6 salmon. The heron had been standing right there amongst the fish. I wonder what it was doing? Was it eating salmon eggs; or salmon?
From the bridge I waded upstream several hundred yards. There, I got this wonderful video of salmon spawning: (click on the link below to see the youtube video.)
I left the stream at the Old Cascade Highway and re-entered at the end of Thelma street. Here is a photo of the place where I took the picture of salmon spawning several days ago. You can see from this photo that the water has dropped quite a bit.
The fish are no longer be able to hide under the root wad. There are still a few salmon up here but not as many as a few days ago. I walked upstream past several of the staircase falls and from there I walked to the end of the accessable area of the creek. I looked for salmon along the way, but I didn’t see any. I think that the farthest they have gotten upstream is to the bottom of the staircase falls. All total today I probably saw 40-50 salmon. The creek is full of them. Now is a good time to visit Maloney Creek to watch wild Chinook salmon spawn. It is quite a sight to see!