Three Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited 
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
Now that the rules regarding in-person events have been relaxed, our chapter is getting back to the business of taking care of our fish!  We have several upcoming meeting/events on the schedule. 
Contact us at to sign up or get more information.
The Rogue Ale House has closed, so we have a new, temporary meeting place - the Mustard Seed Grill & Pub in Newport Hills.  Here's a link for a map to the Mustard Seed.

 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!



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.
Here's a live camera view of Kokanee returning to spawn: click here.
Check out this underwater vide of spawning Kokanee -
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.

 Spawning Grounds Movie - Now Available to Trout Unlimited Members and Supporters
 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.  Enjoy Spawning Grounds here!

Next Step in the Fight for Bristol Bay!
On Thursday, September 9, 2021, the EPA announced that it will be using provisions of the Clean Water Act to stop the Pebble Mine from ever being built.  More information on this announcement and other Pebble Mine related news can be found in this Anchorage Daily News article.
Following is some previous news regarding the efforts to save the Bristol Bay fishery.
1.  The Army Corps of Engineers has denied the permit for the Pebble Mine.  This is certainly good news, but the battle will continue so long as the billions of dollars of copper, gold and molybdenum remain in the ground.
Now, that the permit for the Pebble Mine has been denied, the Governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy has signaled his intention to sue the Army Corp of Engineers for denying the permit! It seems like the battle never stops.  For the latest information, go to Save Bristol Bay  web site.
2.  Executives of the companies who are planning on developing the Pebble Mine have been recorded on a series of undercover video tapes talking about their plans for the mine.  Of most significance is their plans to continue devleopment of the mine far beyond the 20 year plan that has been presented in the past.  You read a "cliff notes"version of the tapes in this Forbes magazine article.   You can view the tapes themselves on this Enivronmental Investigation Agency  website.
3.  The fight against the proposed Pebble mine has reached another critical milestone with the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) on Thursday, July 23,2020.
Produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Final EIS is the risk analysis document that should review all the potential impacts the project could bring to the people, fish, and fish-based economies in southwest Alaska. More importantly, the Final EIS serves as the basis for the record of decision, which will grant or deny Pebble its most important federal permit. This decision could come as soon as August 19,2020.
4.  In 2019. Trout Unlimited, multiple federal and state agencies and 685,00 individuals submitted comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, all noting the inadequacies in the Corps' initial document. Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan even weighed in, saying the if the Corps doesn't address all the issues raised in agency comments in the Final EIS, they should not issue the permit.
Even from reading the executive summary, it is clear that the Corps has not evaluated Pebble beyond a conceptual level plan, and hasn't fully accounted for every way Pebble would impact Bristol Bay, which is a failure of their duties under the Clean Water Act.
For TU's analysis of the Final EIS, click here.

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 Events at our normal meeting place
  • 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
  • Kokanee weir operation
  • Sponsor showing of Fly Fishing Film tour movies
  • Iron Fly Tying "competition"
  • Cedar River cleanup
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  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

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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.
tWashington congressional delegation to push for re-start of project to open up salmon habitat above Howard Hanson dam  For more information, click here.
WDFW gives Cooke Aquaculture approval to farm steelhead in Puget Sound.  For more information, click here.
Here's an article in the Bellevue Reporter about Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  Read the article.
The proposed Maple Valley asphalt plant may be coming closer to reality. Read this article.
Chemicals from tires are suspected in causing deaths of Coho Salmon in Puget Sound area streams. 
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.
Take a look at the Kokanee Recovery Strategic Timeline. To view, click here
 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,