General News · 5th November 2015
Thanks to our road crew for their prompt and thorough road repair above the Basil Creek culvert, securing the bank from further collapse onto the spawning salmon and their redds.
Basil Creek is flowing with spawning chum salmon, once again! The timely rain fall last week raised the creek level, and October 30 ushered in over 150 chum, who have been valiantly swimming upstream as far as their energy and mighty caudal tail fins will take them. This run of chum may continue for another week, and follows a smaller run in late September of pinks and a few chum.
Please observe the following protocol for watching salmon in Basil Creek: no walking in the creek; no dogs; approach salmon quietly & slowly AND from downstream (if you startle the salmon, they will swim upstream rather than backtrack); be respectful of private property. There are new land-owners on either side of Basil Creek, so we suggest observing the chum at the mouth of the creek where it empties into Squirrel Cove OR above the main road.
Any information on salmon coming into other Cortes creeks would be very helpful, and can be directed to any of the Cortes Streamkeepers: Mike Manson, Rick Kolstead & Deb Peters, Chris Napper, Elizabeth Anderson, Max Thayson, Christine & Cec Robinson.