News from Paul Snoey

Last winter’s storminess and this year’s summer drought have taken a toll on the Coho in both Gee Creek and Allen Canyon Creek.  It has likely taken a toll on the native sea-run cutthroat trout as well.  A series of intense storms may have removed most of the fish released from not only this year’s incubators but last year’s as well.  Abrams Park had many fish all summer long last year, but few  this year. The fish that remain on Gee Creek are in pools below Bertsinger Road just before the Pioneer Street Bridge. Allen Canyon Creek has had no flow for several weeks and the fish are trapped in two small pools. Sprinkling some fish food on the surface lets me know how many are still there and how healthy they are.

Yesterday I sprinkled some food in the pool and a few seconds later, the surface was alive with lots of fish.

When I walked back to my truck a large owl suddenly dropped down and landed  on a branch  over the pool.  It is likely that this Great Grey owl had noticed the commotion on the water and wanted to check it out.  It had an intense look with eyes like black marbles.


  1. Susan Setterberg says

    As much as I would love to see a Great Grey Owl in our neighborhood, this isn’t one. It is a curious Barred Owl. Still a great sighting.

    • Thanks for the correction; The black eyes should have been a clue. The Great Grey has yellow eyes among other differences,

  2. Russ Roseberry says

    What is being done to plan for and mitigate the impact of construction and more run off from streets/hard surfaces along Gee Creek? Fish will struggle with the silt and the increase in chemicals

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