Migrating chinook reach Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 23, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9:40 a.m. Aug. 23, 2011

Chinook salmon reached Issaquah Creek at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Tuesday morning, marking the start of the fall spawning season in the creek.

Hatchery Foreman John Kugen spotted a pair of female chinook, or hens, in the creek just north of the bridge across Issaquah Creek on the hatchery grounds, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Jane Kuechle said.

The summer and fall chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound should reach about 243,000 fish — more than the 226,000 fish projected for last year.

In 2010, FISH volunteers and hatchery workers spotted the first salmon of the year in Issaquah Creek in mid-July — more than a month before the fish usually arrive.

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