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Latest Spring Rain Wreaks Havoc on Squaxin Smolt Traps

May 7th, 2009 by Joseph Peters

Mill Creek May 7th, 2009

Mill Creek May 7th, 2009

This week’s heavy rain that began falling Monday May 4th through today (Thursday May 7th) made for some high flowing South Puget Sound creeks.  After Monday night, 3 of the 4 weir smolt traps that Squaxin operates have blown out.

Luckily the traps are designed to blow out in high flow events.  Each trap has “blow out panels”, a section of the panel is held together by zip ties that eventually “pops” under enough pressure.  At least that’s what we hope happens. Sometimes the force of the creek will bend the T-post or snap the panels all together or even scour the creek bed under the panels.   We are lucky with this rain event; we didn’t have a whole lot of logs or debris washing out the entire trap.

Even the screw trap on Goldsborough Creek is not functioning properly.  We are getting logs jammed in the trap and the diversion panels have been washed out.

Shelton accumulative rainfall since Monday is 3.62″,   that’s a lot of water raging down our little creeks.

Below it a snap shot of how much discharge Goldsborough Creek has had in the past couple of days.

Goldsbrough Creek Discharge

Goldsbrough Creek Discharge

The rainy weather seems to be tapering off, so we hope to have the traps back fishing in a couple of days.

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Friday May 8th-

As of Friday May 8th all of our traps are back to fishing for coho smolts, with the exception of Mill Creek.  Water flow at Mill still is high and appears to be a couple days until it is back to fishing.

Tags: Salmon