Rain brings in more Salmon

Report for November 28, 2012 by Rich Yarges

I visited Maloney Creek this morning. I had just returned to Skykomish after visiting family on the Thanksgiving holiday, so I missed the heavy rains of the last week or so. I entered at the end of Thelma Street and walked upstream. The water was about as low as it was for my previous report, but it was apparent from the way the leaves were cleared from the bank that the creek had dropped significantly in the last few days. It had probably been a foot deeper within the last week. I walked upstream to the lower end of the Staircase pools. I saw no fish. I was discouraged because after the heavy rains I was expecting to see something. Then I returned to the access point at Thelma Street and walked downstream. I began to see salmon. Continuing downstream to the bridge over the Old Cascade Highway I counted 17 salmon. I also walked downstream from the Old Cascade Highway Bridge to the Railroad Bridge and saw 5 more, for 22 salmon in all. I also saw one salmon carcass. The fish were either resting or trying to hide from me. This made it difficult to get many good photographs. They love to hide in the root wads that the stream hydrologist planted. All the fish were Chinook. They did not appear to be completely spawned out, but I did not observe any spawning activity. They must have been spawning when the water was higher. Sorry I missed that. Here are some pictures I took along the way.

No Salmon Here

 

Leaves Show How High the Water was

Leaves Show How High the Water was

 

Salmon Carcass just Downstream of the Thelma Steet entry Point

Salmon Carcass

Hiding Salmon

Hiding Salmon

 

Another Hiding Salmon

Another Hiding Salmon

And Another Hiding Salmon

And Another Hiding Salmon

Resting Salmon

Resting Salmon

 

 We are expecting more rain in the next several days so it is possible that spawning may pick up again. Thanks for visiting and I will keep you posted on any new activity.

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One Response to Rain brings in more Salmon

  1. Gary says:

    I noticed the gate was open where the Salmon and Steelhead are dropped off after capture and trucking around the falls. This should mean more fish on the way. I have a few calls in to Fisheries to see if would be possible for them to host a visit to observe their capture and transport program.
    Gary

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