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January 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Coho salmon get a boost in Lake Washington

Lake Washington has been getting an annual plant of coho salmon in hopes of increasing their population in the huge urban watershed.

The Bellevue Stream Team in partnership with Roger Urbaniak, a member of the Puget Sound Anglers Lake Washington Chapter, operate the site on private property better known as the Kelsey Creek Coho Incubator Site in Bellevue.

Coho salmon eggs from the Issaquah Hatchery are used to start the life cycle for 30,000 coho. Eggs have been placed in incubators and grown to smolt size where they have begun swimming and looking for food.

Fish are soon to be released into Kelsey Creek where they grow for a year and then head out to sea, returning as three-year old adults.

The lake does host a coho salmon sport fishery north of the 520 Floating Bridge that usually begins each year in mid-September.

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