Low Returns of Kokanee in Lake Sammamish!  

In 2018, there have been very low returns of Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  This is a critical situation and there is concern about the ability of Kokanee to survive in the lake. There's an article in the Bellevue Reporter that describes this critical situation.  To read the article, click here. 

Fly Casting Clinic - June 20
The Bellevue/Issaquah Chapter, along with the Orvis fly shop, is hosting a free fly casting clinic on Wednesday, June 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lake Sammamish State Park.   You can bring your own 
gear or "test drive" gear provided by Orvis Fly Shop which will be providing the instruction for anglers at all skill levels.
Signage in the Park can be confusing, but after you enter the part, pass the road to the right that goes to the Park Offices, take the next right, and you should be able to find us.  We will put up some temporaty signage showing where we are.
And bring your Discover Pass for parking or you can purchase a day pass at the Park Office.
At the clinic, you will be able to -
o  learn basic casting techniques, if you are a beginner,
o  seasoned angles can "fine tune" their skills or learn new tricks,
o learn useful tips from the "pros,"
o  test drive new gear from Orvis (or use your own). 

Since this is dinner time, our chapter will be providing delicious hot dogs, with all the fixin's.

Come and bring your friends.


Document Suction Dredge Activities!

TU has put together a citizen science application that will allow you to document suction dredging impacts when you are out on the water this summer.  Its as easy as snapping a photo, entering a few notes and pressing a button.  Enter your e-mail address if you are willing to allow us to get in touch with you about your observation.  
All you have to do it to go to this web site - https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/YDWA.  Just follow the instructions.
The app will work from all devices and does not require you to install an app from the app store.  However, you can create a desktop bookmark on your mobile homescreen for easy access using these instructions - https://www.howtogeek.com/196087/how-to-add-websites-to-the-home-screen-on-any-smartphone-or-tablet/.
If you plan to use a mobile device in the field where you won't have an internet connection, you must open the web app before you go offline.  You can then go into the field and collect data, and your data will be automatically uploaded once you return to a location with an internet connection.

Join Trout Unlimited

People joining Trout Unlimited for the first time, can join at a reduced rate of only $17.50.  For more information and to sign up, click here.

 Chapter Fundraising Opportunities
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon, you can take advantage of community support programs for qualifying non-profits (like Trout Unlimited.)
If you shop at Fred Meyer, you can sign up at the Community Rewards Program.  Just provide your Fred Meyer card number (not a credit card) or the alternate ID you use to  get their reward and fuel points.  You will be asked for the number of the organization that you want to support.  Use 91163 for our chapter.
If you shop at Amazon, go to  amazonsmiles.com.  Just walk through the signup process and identify Issaquah-Bellevue Trout Unlimited.  Once you sign up, 0.50% of what you spend will come back to the chapter.


Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

To learn about this project and how it can affect the Kokanee in Lake Sammamish, click here.
Nils Cowan, who works for KCTS television on the EarthFix program, has written an article and produced a video about the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.  To read his article and see the video, click here.

Board Meetings

The date for Board Meetings is changing.  Beginning in January, they will now be held on the first Wednesday of the month.  At the board meetings, business of the chapter is discussed including budgets, projects, outings and spending items.  All members are invited to attend.

You can follow your chapter on Facebook! Just click here.



 Here's an article in the Bellevue Reporter about the low returns of Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To read the article, click here.
You can view Chris Wood's 2017 State of Trout Unlimited address at - http://www.vimeo.com/238398505
Here's a report on Scott Pruitt's (head of EPA) meeting with the CEO of the company who wants to develop the Pebble Mine.  To read the report, click here
Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited has responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  To read his response, click here.
National monuments to be reviewed per President Trump executive order.  For more information, click here.


Here's a great article in the Issaquah Reporter about the Kokanee fry release ceremony at Confluence Park in Issaquah.  To read, click here. 
To view a video describing the problems caused by culverts on salmon spawning streams - click here
.Our chapter is a member of the Kokanee Work Group (KWG), a collaborative group trying to identify the causes of the decline of native Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To see what the KWG  is doing , click here.
David Kyle, along with Chris Gregerson from King County have installed Remote Stream Incubators on Zackuse and Idylwood Creeks.  To read David's summary of this project, click here. 
Here's an article and video about the urban wildlife refuge being created at Lake Sammamish that will benefit the little red fish. To read, click here. 
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the State of Washington must remove or repair culverts that are blocking fish passage.  To see what culverts in our area are involved, click here.
The Issaquah Reporter has a great article about this year's run of Kokanee. To read it, click here

Here's an article in the Issaquah Press about Wally Pereya. To read the article, click here

To view a video of the 5th annual kokanee fry release ceremony, click here

Take a look at the Kokanee Recovery Strategic Timeline. To view, click here


 For information on TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, click here.
The design for the Steelhead license plate is complete and the plates can be purchased beginning in January of 2017.  For more information, click here.
Here's a great op-ed by John Luthanen from the North Sound chapter of TU regarding a wild steelhead fishery on the Skagit River.  To read, click here.
Here's an animated video that vividly describes the difficulties that three steelhead encountered as they attempted to return to their native stream.  To view,
 Watch a video named Chrome that talks about the looming threats of climate change and ocean acidification on the survival of steelhead. Click here.
Watch this King 5 video about the work being done by the USGS to determine the possible role of parasites on steelhead survival.  Click here.  

NOAA Fisheries has reached the final determination on early run steelhead hatcheries on five streams, For more information,click here

To read an Op Ed in the Seattle Times regarding a steelhead recovery plan, click here