First chinook of season arrives at salmon hatchery

August 26, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4:20 p.m. Aug. 26, 2009

Issaquah or bust: Issaquah Salmon Hatchery workers and Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery members spotted the first chinook of the season is Issaquah Creek.

Hatchery and FISH representatives saw the fish Monday; they described the chinook as a 25-pound hen.

The salmon disappeared from view for most of Tuesday. Hatchery visitors clambered across a bridge over Issaquah Creek, hoping to catch a glimpse of the trail-blazing fish.

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But the hen reappeared Wednesday near the fish ladder opening at the hatchery. The fish ladder and bypass ladder are closed, FISH Executive Director Gestin Suttle wrote in an e-mail. The salmon will not be able to move upstream beyond the hatchery yet.

Suttle said hatchery visitors would likely be able to see the chinook.

Suttle said she expects to see more chinook as temperatures drop and water levels rise.

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