Spot spawning salmon along Lake Sammamish tributaries

October 21, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 21, 2010

The streams branching from Lake Sammamish offer Issaquah residents a chance to see salmon battling the current in order to spawn upstream.

The freshwater kokanee salmon should start emerging from the lake and into tributary creeks to spawn later in the fall.

Starting early next month, look for kokanee from the East Lake Sammamish Trail crossing of Ebright Creek in Sammamish, across from 148 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Or spot kokanee from the 185th Place Southeast crossing of Lewis Creek in Issaquah.

For another of the safe bet to spot salmon, head to the Cedar River, just east of Renton. The return of the bright-red sockeye salmon is the strongest in the past five years.

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed is sponsoring a series of guided salmon-spotting opportunities. On Saturday and Sunday, and again Oct. 30-31, naturalists stationed at several locations along the river from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. can help visitors spot spawning sockeye and teach people about the lifecycle of the fish.

Find directions and more information about salmon-viewing opportunities here. Call 206-296-8016 to learn more.

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One Response to “Spot spawning salmon along Lake Sammamish tributaries”

  1. Eric Bartrand on October 22nd, 2010 9:56 am

    Does anybody know if Pine Lake Creek still supports salmonid spawning ? Up until the 1980’s, at least, you could see half a dozen chinook, 20 or so coho, and dozens of kokanee spawning below the East Lake Sammamish Road. If not, what a shame ! Salmon in the Sammamish have suffered death by a thousand cuts- by alteration of the scores of little tributaries !

    Biologist & former Lake dweller.

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