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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thousands of salmon return to Issaquah Creek

It's a hard road to get home for thousands of Chinook and a few hundred Coho salmon as they return to Issaquah Creek during the annual fall migration. The gates to the fish ladder are down because the hatchery pool above is filled to capacity. More than 1,000,000 eggs from both kings and silvers will be harvested. The Chinook head to Alaskan waters when they leave the hatchery as smolts with only about 2 percent returning as adults. The Bering Sea is where they're headed and they generally return in 3-to-5 years. This weekend is the town's Salmon Days and these gates will be up and thousands of visitors will be able to see salmon in the creek and in the fish windows along with talks led by docents from F.I.S.H.; Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.