Regarding types of Salmon in Chambers Bay (here’s another reader response).
From my observations and discussions with Fisheries involved with counting salmon at the fish trap, I have seen Kings, Silvers, Chums and Sockeye that have been checked by fisheries personel. There are a few stray Steelhead every year and our group (Clover Creek Council) is going to request plantings of Steelhead in Clover Creek.
The history of Salmon in the creek at one time were; Summer Chums, September Silvers along with a run of late Silvers, huge runs of Chums, and a small run of Chinooks. According to one of my sources of info there was a run of Sockeye and Steelhead.
The natural runs of Salmon was cut off when the dam and wooden fish ladders at Steilacoom Blvd failed and were not replaced in time to capture the natural fish that wanted to travel upstream from Steilacoom Lake to spawn.
Because of excessive pollution from all County, City, State and Federal highways plus failed septic systems and people using the creek as a garbage dump, the creek does not have decent water for fish to live in.
In 1993 we observed all the salmon that tried to travel up the creek from Steilacoom Lake, die in the creek. There were over 40 of them and the event was recorded on TV. The City and County fixed one of those major polluters at Nyanza and Gravelly Lake drive a few years ago. Steilacoom Lake is the recipient of all the stuff that flows eventually to Chambers Bay.
Armed with this info, if you want to eat these fish it is up to you. By the time the salmon get to Chambers Bay they have indulged on all they could find in the salt water and there is not much in the Creek that is edible.
Paul D Russell
Director with the Clover Creek Council, since 1989
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