September 15, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2013
Fall has arrived, and with it comes the return of salmon to Puget Sound streams and rivers. Sightseers can get a good look at the fish at several local waterways.
Spectators can watch the salmon return to Issaquah Creek from the bridge or through viewing windows at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through November.
Visitors can take self-guided tours of the hatchery daily, but the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery offers guided tours on weekends through Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
September 10, 2013
September 6, 2013
NEW — 2:50 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013
Thunderstorms lifted the Issaquah Creek over its construction boundaries Sept. 5.
Work crews on the weir construction to allow for easier fish passage and an updated intake for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery were scrambled late in the night as storm water rose over the temporary dam placed in the creek. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Project Manager Tim Ward said workers had to quickly remove harmful materials before they were swept downstream.
“We did have a high water event,” Ward said. “The upper intake was flooded and every pollutant was pulled out. It was way too much.”
August 31, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2013
August 30, 2013
NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 30, 2013
Salmon Days organizers need all the help they can muster to accommodate the more than 150,000 visitors expected to stream into Issaquah for the annual festival Oct. 5-6.
Prospective volunteers can join the iconic festival at the annual Salmon Days volunteer sign-up party Sept. 10. Organizers need volunteers for a variety of activities, including manning booths, selling souvenirs and cleaning up after the event concludes.
“We look forward to seeing the smiling faces of longtime volunteers as well as meeting new members of the community, who we hope, like our salmon, return each year,” Salmon Days Festival Director Robin Kelley said in a statement.
August 29, 2013
August 27, 2013
With the Issaquah Creek dam renovation falling behind schedule, trucks will take spawning salmon upstream.
For a number of reasons, some vague, the project completion date has been pushed back from Sept. 15 to sometime in early to mid-October. That will heavily interfere with the spawning run of returning chinook and coho salmon. As a contingency, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery workers will gather the fish, truck them to a point beyond the construction and return them to the creek.
August 27, 2013
August 16, 2013
NEW – 5:45 p.m. Aug. 16, 2013
Get out your fishing pole. It will soon be time to catch large trout in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Aug. 20. The agency will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Aug. 19 and reopen the site at sunrise Aug. 21. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
The trout are part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
July 23, 2013
Volunteer organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will host an informational and fundraising meeting July 26.
In an attempt to outline a newly launched project, FISH invites the public to learn about replacing the aquarium exhibit in the entrance to the hatchery.