Three Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited 
 

Issaquah Salmon Days and Run with the Kokanee 2022 
 
Our chapter is participating in two events in October.  First, we have a booth at Issaquah Salmon Days, which takes place on October 1 and 2.  This gives us a good opportunity to promote the various projects that our chapter is involved in.  Then, on Saturday, October 15, we are sponsoring our annual Run with the Kokanee at Lake Sammamish State Park.  This is a major fund raiser and is important in keeping our projects running.
 
Volunteers are needed for each of these activities.  If you can help, out send an e-mail to 3riverstu@gmail.com.  Hope you are available and can help out! 
 
Registration for Run with the Kokanee is now open!  You (and your friends) can now register at - Run With The Kokanee - Northwest Trail Runs (nwtrailruns.com).  Hope to see you at the run! 
 
 
  
 Monthly Chapter Meeting
 
In lieu of our September monthly chapter meeting, we are encouraging our members to join the festivities at the first annual "Salmon on Sunset" event, Saturday, September 17, noon - 6 pm, at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
 
Check out the salmon spawning action, enjoy live music, beer garden, food trucks, rubber duck derby, raffles, art-in-action & activities, tours and more. Presented by FISH - Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
 
 

 

Kokanee Recovery Lake Sammamish
 
Our chapter is working with several governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations to restore the last remaining native run of kokanee salmon in Lake Samammish. There is always a need for volunteers for kokanee-related projects. For more information on events and projects that we are working on go to - Lake Sammamish kokanee.
 
Check out this underwater video of spawning Kokanee -https://www.facebook.com/KCWLRD/videos/347820499325504/
 
The Kokanee Work Group (KWG) is an ad hoc group formed in 2007 to investigate the causes of the decline of kokanee within Lake Sammamish. For more information on KWG, go here.

 
  African Clawed Frogs
   
 
 The African clawed frog is a species of amphibian native to sub-Sahara Africa.  They are scavengers with a big appetite and will eat anything that they can fit in their mouth.  This is a problem since they have been detected in the Lake Sammamish basin, where they can find baby salmon that are like delicious snacks to them.  Our chapter is currently trapping and euthanizing them and  recording biometrics (length and weight).  These frogs are also known to be virus carriers, so samples are being taken and tested for viruses as well.
 
For more information on African clawed frogs, go to - https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/invasive/xenopus-laevis 
 
 

 Kokanee Fry Trapping
 
 
 
Kokanee fry trapping/counting for 2022 has completed.  This year we counted 4,461 fry!  This is a significant increase from recent years and hopefully, is an indicator of improved runs in Lake Sammamish in the future.  Thanks to everyone who helped with this project this year!
 

 
 Donate Now!

Our chapter can always use your help! We are always looking for volunteers to help with our projects, outings and fundraising. We understand that not all of you can give us your time. You can, however, help us with a donation. The cost of our kokanee recovery projects - stream surveys, fry counting, stream restoration, accoustical tagging, etc are mounting. Please do what you can to save our little red fish!

 
 
 
 
 
 Spawning Grounds Movie
 
 
 
 We have made this movie, which was produced by Nils Cowan and Hemlock productions, available to all of our members and supporters.  This inspiring film shows the work being done by the Three Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and our partners to save the Lake Sammamish Kokanee.  View the trailer and other information about film showings at -   Spawning Grounds .
 

 Chapter Activities
 
 
Our chapter is involved in many activities that range from social events, meetings, fishery enhancements and environmental improvement.  Some of these activities are listed below -
  • Monthly Chapter Meetings 
  • Monthly board meetings (all members welcome!)
  • Annual Fun Run at Lake Sammamish State Park
  • Annual Perch Derby at Lake Sammamish
  • Issaquah Salmon Days booth
  • Fishing Outings
  • Kokanee Fry Trapping/Counting
  • Candidates' Forum
  • Fishout at Lake Langlois Lake in conjuction with Project Healing Waters
  • Annual Fly Casting Clinic
  • Habitat restoration events, in cooperation with the Snoqualmie Tribe and others
  • Sponsor showing of Fly Fishing Film tour movies
  • Iron Fly Tying "competition"
  • Cedar River cleanup
  • Cedar River signage
  • Catch invasive African clawed frogs
Volunteers are needed in order to make these activities successful. Come to the monthly meetings to learn more about these activities and how/when to volunteer!

 Wild Steelhead Initiative
 
 
Trout Unlimited's Wild Steelhead Initiative and Wild Steelheaders United is an ambitious and hopeful effort to protect and restore wild steelhead. Keep up-to-date on this important project at this web site - Wild Steelhead Initiative.  You can also follow on Facebook - Wild Steelhead
 
The  Puget Sound Steelhead Advisory Group (which was formed in 2017) has held a number of meetings over the past three years in order to asses the steelhead situation in the Puget Sound area and has come up with a set of recommendations that could lead to restoration of populations as they were in the past.  The finished product is a an adaptive and experimental approach for the future of Puget Sound steelhead fisheries and a path toward recovery.  Read the Quicksilver Portfolio to learn about the proposed approach.
 

 
Join Trout Unlimited
 
People joining Trout Unlimited for the first time, can join at a reduced rate of only $17.50.  For more information and to sign up, click here.
 

Chapter Fundraising Opportunities
 
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon, you can take advantage of community support programs for qualifying non-profits (like Trout Unlimited.)
 
If you shop at Fred Meyer, you can sign up at the Community Rewards Program.  Just provide your Fred Meyer card number (not a credit card) or the alternate ID you use to  get their reward and fuel points.  You will be asked for the number of the organization that you want to support.  Use QE215 for our chapter.
 
If you shop at Amazon, go to  http://amazonsmiles.com.  Just walk through the signup process and identify Issaquah-Bellevue Trout Unlimited.  Once you sign up, 0.50% of what you spend will come back to the chapter.
 

Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

To learn about this project and how it can affect the Kokanee in Lake Sammamish, click here.
 

Board Meetings 

Board Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. At the board meetings, business of the chapter is discussed including budgets, projects, outings and spending items.  All members are invited to attend.
  

 NGO Partners
 
Lake Sammamish Kokanee                               Kokanee Work Group
 
 
Snoqualmie Tribe                              Orvis
 
Ellensburg Anglers                              
 
   Creekside Angling
 
MidSound Fisheries                  Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
 
Save Lake Sammamish            Friendss of Lake Sammamish State Park

 
Connect with us! 
 
             
 

 
 
 

NEWS 

$220M project to open upper Green River for Salmon and Steelhead.  For more detail - Tacoma News Tribune.
 
Sockeye returns 
on the Columbia River highest in a decade.  Read more about it here.
 
Sockeye counts on Lake Washington remain low.  Here's WDFW's daily counts.
 
Read about the decline of Salmon and Steelhead in the Columbia River in this article from Fly Fisherman.
 
American Rivers is presenting a series of "Snake River Dinner Hour" webinairs.  To view, click here
 
Check out the Bear Creek Oral History on either Redmond Historical Society or  Eastside Heritage Center.
 
Money allocated for improved fish passage on Green River. Read   Kent Reporter article.
 
TU Town Hall - TU CEO Chris Woods talks about the  Priority Waters project
 
Here's a King5 TV story about flying Kokanee from Orcas Island back to King County.  Read the story - here.
 
NW Energy Coalition report shows that Snake River Dams can be removed. Read here -  NW Energy Coalition.
 
View the Salmon Orca Project Speaker Series for February 2022 - click here.
 
The Washington Supreme Court upheld permits allowing Cooke Aqualculture to raise steelhead in the Puget Sound.  Read this article from KNKX.
 
Kokanee are returning to Zackuse Creek for the fist time in nearly 40 years! More information in this article in the Issaquah Reporter.
 
Record low numbers of steelhead on the Columbia River!  More information in this Outdoors News article.
 
Muckleshoot Tribe has begun a "warm water" test fishery on Lake Washington.  Read about it in Northwest Sportsmen.
 
The return of sockey salmon to the Cedar River is the lowest on record!  Read about it in this Seattle Times article
 
16 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat opened up by removal of dam from Middle Fork of the Nooksack River.  Read about it in this NOAA Article.
 
37 miles of salmon habitat opened up by removing dam from the Pilchuck River.  Read about it in Seattle Times.
 
EPA and Corps of Engineers releases Final EIS for Snake River dam removal. Read this article in Save Our Salmon News.
 
Washington congressional delegation to push for re-start of project to open up salmon habitat above Howard Hanson dam  For more information, click here.
  
Chemicals from tires are suspected in causing deaths of Coho Salmon in Puget Sound area streams. 
 
 
 Kokanee
 
To view a video describing the problems caused by culverts on salmon spawning streams - click here
 
.Our chapter is a member of the Kokanee Work Group (KWG), a collaborative group trying to identify the causes of the decline of native Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To see what the KWG  is doing , click here.
 
David Kyle, along with Chris Gregerson from King County have installed Remote Stream Incubators on Zackuse and Idylwood Creeks.  To read David's summary of this project, click here. 
 
 
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the State of Washington must remove or repair culverts that are blocking fish passage.  To see what culverts in our area are involved, click here.
 
 
Steelhead
 
 For information on TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, click here.
 
 
Here's an animated video that vividly describes the difficulties that three steelhead encountered as they attempted to return to their native stream.  To view,