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.
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.