Monday, August 31, 2009

Local history lesson for me? Thanks!

ME : "....can't believe i caught silvers there!
How did they get in that lake?!"
"...years ago?"
... cricket ..."...whaddaya mean, "thousands"?!"

After more careful research, I discover
that salmon runs of 5 species (Chinook, Chum,
Pink, Sockeye, and Coho), as well as a substantial
Dolly Varden run, used to fill the waters of their origin
known as Chester Creek. In 1971, a dam project was
completed at the outlet of this creek to provide a useable,
recreational pond known as Westchester Lagoon. A fish
ladder was installed, but was a poor entrance - at best -
for the slimy, finned salmonids to return in any great
numbers as in the past. George Wuerch, in 1998,
pushed for restoring the creek to enable
the salmon runs to build back to their
natural potential. Short pieces of information
can be found in numerous places on the web,
but the best truthful info I've found is with
the older local residents that grew up
terrorizing this fine town of LA.
Early this summer, the gates were
opened to the "new, improved" outlet
of the lagoon that could compare to
re-building North Fork Road in Anchor
to a 10-lane causeway with off-ramps.
The fish are getting in, again...
.sshhh! don't tell anybody!

My point?
Not so amazing that I caught silvers in
a NOT land locked lake closer to the mountains
than the inlet of Capt. Cook and, furthermore,
would like to retract some of the previous
statements made by the Administration
of this web page pertaining to Cohos in a
lake. In fact, I will retract all of them just
to be sure.

3 opinionated prattle:

Stan said...

You seem to be doing a lot of research and exploratory field tests pertaining to the Coho Salmon. Are you considering a change of jobs and make application to ADF&G as a biologists? Pertaining to the landlocked lake that have Silver Salmon, perhaps spawning. Have you seriously considered that perhaps these fish were enhanced into the lake system as fertilized eggs? Well known and documented fact that birds spread seeds. First by eating the seeds while feeding on the parent plant, then flying off into the winds, upon landing they spread the seed through the process of a bowel movement. It is also an undisputed fact that sea gulls feed heavily on salmon caresses and even rob spawning beds of the fertilized eggs. It is feasible that some sea gulls perhaps fed on some fertilized Coho Salmon eggs from any one of a number of local streams, flew to the lake and made a deposit containing fertilized eggs or even a few alvins. Give me a break, it is as logical as a an underground stream!

jd plumma said...

Okay! so i'm not the quickest to pick up information all the time. who would have guessed that a 1998 project plan would actually get underway and finished within a decade? Looking forward to old/new fishing grounds of Westchester.

RangerBill said...

My gosh is it raining, is it raining smolt????

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