The log jams the Squaxin Island Tribe built over the last few years in Skookum Creek provided a critical refuge for chum heading upstream to spawn during the recent floods. When flows in Skookum Creek reached 750 cfs on Wednesday afternoon (11/12/08), a number of chum like the one visible in this picture rested in the calm water behind some of the logs placed higher up in the floodplain. Unfortunately, once the fish move upstream of these log jams, they will find far fewer places to rest on their final ~5 mile swim.
On Friday August 15, Squaxin Natural Resources took our summer youth on a fishing trip. This was the second year that we have taken our summer youth out fishing to thank them for their hard work over the summer. It was a beautiful day, even JD made the trip out for a couple of hours!
Darren Brownfield managed to catch a number of Spiney Dogfish. Sarah caught a sea star! Joefish had a nice Chinook on but it released the hook before we could get a net under it.
Daniel got boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard! Well the US Coast Guard basically terminated his voyage…life jacket = check, fire extinguisher =negative, flares= negative, throw able flotation device= negative…..let just say he failed the safety check list.
Thanks Michael, Miguel and Jeffery for your hard work this summer.