Jim and Kathryn pole seining in Puntledge Park.  Photo by J Gemell

Jim and Kathryn pole seining in Puntledge Park. Photo by J Gemell

The prolonged drought has even affected Morrison, although to a much smaller extent than some of the other waterways.  Jim, Jan and I went ‘fishing’ last week to move 3-4 dozen salmon and a dozen sticklebacks from one of the braids that meander through Puntledge Park back into mainstem Morrison as the braid had become disconnected and was drying out.  I rescued a lamprey from a muddy patch that had just dried out as it wriggled away as soon as I reintroduced it to the water.  The fish were lively and doing fine but it seemed prudent to move them as there was very little cover from predators and no escape if things got worse over the course of the summer.  There was also the potential to kill them by moving them later when they were more stressed than they were at this time.  We even saved a one ‘armed’ crayfish and some other critters.  The other fish around the pond in Puntledge Park are looking very fat and healthy!  They look almost as big as some of the ones that are old enough to go to sea in the Spring and these beasties have most of the year left to continue growing before they head out.  They’ll be almost meal-sized before they leave the Creek!

Jan holding the one 'armed' crayfish we rescued.  Photo by K Clouston

Jan holding the one ‘armed’ crayfish we rescued. Photo by K Clouston

Salmon Enhancement