More chinook reach Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 26, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Chinook salmon swim in Issaquah Creek near the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. By Larry Franks

NEW — 5 p.m. Aug. 26, 2010

Chinook salmon started to trickle to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Wednesday, about a month after the first salmon reached Issaquah Creek.

The latest arrivals appeared at the hatchery a year to the day after the first chinook returned in 2009.

“This is really more on target with our normal first arrival,” Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle said Thursday afternoon.

The fish had reached the hatchery weir by Wednesday. Suttle said hatchery workers and FISH volunteers had not yet been able to determine the gender of the four chinook.

The hatchery expects more chinook in the weeks ahead, as the salmon return to Issaquah Creek to spawn. FISH docents start leading hatchery tours in mid-September.

The mid-July arrival — the earliest in recent memory — surprised hatchery workers and FISH volunteers.

The hatchery recorded the arrival of the first chinook — a 25-pound hen, or female — in Issaquah Creek last year on Aug. 25.

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