Salmon have been returning to Chambers Creek in Steilacoom recently and they have been met by hordes of fishermen and an extensive array of nets in Chambers Bay.
In addition to the nets, as many as 25 boats loaded with anglers have been counted in the Sound and a dozen or more are at the mouth of the creek. The banks have teemed with additional fishermen.
Indian fishermen, who have a treaty right to catch fish as they migrate upriver, sell the salmon from a tent alongside e the creek. Many other individuals can be seen carrying their catch to their vehicles parked alongside the bay.
Although it’s hard to see salmon going up the fish ladder on the west side of the dam, some fish attempt to climb the dam itself, struggling up for a few moments before tiring and falling back into the water below.
Many spectators stop to watch the fish migration and their futile attempts to get into Chambers Creek over the dam. Saturday afternoon a car towing a boat driven by a Puyallup Tribal officer stopped near the dam. The Puyallup tribal officer was preparing to launch his boat and visit with those engaged in the fishing.