Coastal razor season on hold
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced Thursday, Oct. 8 that marine toxin levels above health safety limits have forced postponement of fall 2015 personal use razor clam digs on coastal beaches. Though dropping from summer highs, domoic acid concentrations remain at or above the 20 parts per million presence threshold deemed unsafe for consumption. If current toxin level rates of decline continue, managers say openings are possible by mid- to late-November.
Skagit public area access limited
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department advises that beginning Monday Oct. 12, a dike trail and small boat launch point will be closed through mid-December at the Skagit Wildlife Area on Fir Island. Construction repair work on a tide gate on Wiley Slough requires this. The main Freshwater Slough ramp stays open.
This week’s hatchery and flow info
Baker Lake Hatchery (Baker sockeye): 31,239 sockeye trapped & transferred (22,676 to Baker Lake as of Oct. 1; 6,301 to hatchery as of Oct. 2). Same week total in 2014 – 6,297 adult sockeye to hatchery.
LAKE LEVEL - Upper Baker Reservoir
Recent: As of Saturday, Oct. 10, the reservoir surface was at 714.61 feet above sea level, five foot drawdown over past seven days.
Forecast: None for this gauge. Full pool is 727.77 feet above sea level.
Samish Hatchery (Samish fall chinook): 4,077 adult fall chinook trapped as of Oct. 5. Same week total in 2014 – 6,025 adult chinook to hatchery.
FLOW LEVEL - USGS gauge Samish River near Burlington
Recent: 22 cubic feet per second on Saturday, Oct. 9, steady over past seven days. Median daily discharge for date is 61 c.f.s over 47 year gauge history.
Forecast: None for this gauge.