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:  109

Creeks where salmon have been seen this season: Judd (69), Shinglemill (38), 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: Orion Knowler, Quinn and River Williams et al. (8)

Number of confirmed redds: 13 (Judd), 1 (Shinglemill)

updated: November 14, 2014, 12:13 pm

Photos and Videos

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.

On October 30th, Bianca recorded the farthest downstream record of coho spawning in Judd (on the protected Scott’s property just upstream of Judd Creek estuary). Video spawning salmon in lower Judd Creek by Bianca Perla.

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

Photo by: Kelly Keenan

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