General · 22nd November 2014
The human group is the intrepid stream walkers/fish counters from Open Bay Creek. The aqueous group in the other photo is a small representation of the almost 3000 chum which migrated up the first couple of kilometres of the creek. It was a short but banner year on most of our creeks this spawning season. The exception being Village Bay Cree. The torrential flow
caused by the heavy rains earlier this fall made it very difficult for the chum to get upstream. Some did, of course. Of those few which attempted a spawn in the creek, fertilizing would have been difficult. Pools in which we usually spot hundreds of chum in were obliteraated by the flow and
impossible for us to see into. A few pair were observed spawning just above the counting fence in the lake itself. We also found several chum spawning in Vic's (sp?) Creek which empties into the northwest corner of the west arm of V.B. Lake.
Coho were observed jumping over the counting fence at the height of the flow. The lake level crested the fence gates by 10 - 20cm. The gates have been pulled for the season so any late coho runs will be unimpeded and unobserved. Thanks to Larry and Lauren and their sometime replacements for the dedication they have.
QISES will now do survey walks into feeder creeks such as Saxon, Luoma, Stramberg, and Shadowbrook with the hope of observing late coho. Chances are slim of us actually spotting any. On recent survey walks we found log jams which will need to be remedied in the summer of 2015 to facilitate passage for next year's run. Early reports from the far north suggest a successful run in Granite Bay Creek system. We await final data. An update will be forthcoming when final counts for the 2014 season are in.
chum which migrated up the first couple of kilometres of Open Bay Creek