Chinook have started to show up at the 5th Ave bridge in downtown Olympia. The Oly community is starting to flock to the site to watch the annual return of Fall Chinook. They are jumping around in Capitol Lake. Check out a story by Chester Allen from The Daily Olympian. Nice pictures of Harbor Seals chowing down the returns.
Today I spoke to WDFW Tumwater Falls Hatchery staff and fish are yet to reach the facility. Long time employee Lee of the facility said that the hatchery is preparing to fill the runways with water this week in anticipation of fish showing at the hatchery over the Labor Day weekend. A few fish have started to show a the bottom of the ladder he said.
Checkout the fish if you get a chance. In the up in coming weeks there should be a number of fish up at Tumwater Falls.
As of August 22nd: Squaxin Fall Chinook Fishery has harvested approximately 7,800 Chinook in Budd Inlet and marine area 13D. Reports from this weekend the fishing has begun to slow down.
We only have a couple of weeks left in our Fall Chinook Fishery…but the Coho fishery is set to begin Wednesday September 10th.