“You cannot step into the same river twice…”– Heraclitus

Welcome to the Salmonwatchers volunteer page. Through the salmonwatching program we are trying to answer the following questions about salmon and trout in our streams: what types of salmon and trout are present in our streams and where (Sit Spots)? how do numbers of spawning salmon compare from year to year in Shinglemill and Judd Creeks (Reach walks)? How far up our creeks do salmon go (Furthest limit checkpoints)? Below you can read this season’s vital statistics and download salmonwatcher information and datasheets. Have fun out there, be safe, and thanks to all of you volunteering your time on the creeks!

SALMON TALLY 2014:  154

Creeks where salmon have been seen this season: Judd (107), Shinglemill (45), Fisher (2)

Creek with the most salmon seen so far: Judd

First salmon observed by:

  • John Browne (October 22, Judd-coho)
  • Claire Schlosser and Mark Formanek (October 31, Shinglemill-coho)
  • Luke and Linda Petersen (November 7, Shinglemill-chum)
  • Kelly Keenan (November 14th, Judd-chum)

Most salmon in a day: Rayna Holtz (14)

Number of confirmed redds: 23 (Judd), 5 (Shinglemill)

updated: January 11, 2015, 11:02 am

Photos and Videos

Click on the photo below to see a regularly updated album from our Salmonwatchers in the field!

Coho salmon entering Shinglemill Creek. photo by: Cece Reoux

Coho salmon entering Shinglemill Creek. photo by: Cece Reoux

A great compilation video of salmon migrating Judd Creek by Peter Cummings.

Check out this salmon spawning video by Kelly Keenan taken in Judd Creek this year.

Video spawning salmon in lower Judd Creek  farthest recorded downstream location for spawning coho by Bianca Perla.

Datasheets, Map of sites, and training materials

Salmonwatcher training slide presentation (SW pdf document)

Salmonwatcher electronic datasheet:

Salmonwatcher protocols (Sit Spots , Reaches, Furthest Limit Spots)

Salmonwatcher map of spots and reaches

List of Salmonwatcher creek assignments 2014

To read previous reports on Vashon Salmon visit our Research page

For more help with salmon identification visit King County’s Fish identification page

Remember if you have any questions or to report a fish sighting email or call Bianca: 206-755-5798. or use our contact form.

Thank you for participating!

featured photo by: Kelly Keenan