Each fall, salmon make the long trek to spawn in streams and rivers across the Puget Sound region. You can try to catch a view of their extraordinary journey by checking out one of more than a dozen locations around the area where you can look for fish.
Local salmon hot spot
Salmon love North Creek! Look for Chinook in September, Sockeye in October, and Coho in November as they migrate upstream to spawn. The paved trail along North Creek is a good spot to look for them. Start at the creek’s confluence with the Sammamish River south of the UW Bothell/Cascadia College campus, and walk north through the North Creek Business Park. Be sure to take a close look under the bridges, as salmon off like to hang out there.
Popular Bothell viewing locations for salmon in North Creek
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Want to venture farther?
Check out some popular salmon viewing areas throughout Puget Sound. If you're out and about looking for salmon, be sure to socially distance from other salmon watchers and wear a face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Local salmon experts Orlay Johnson and Jim Myers explain the challenges and triumphs of salmon in North Creek.
Video credit: Laura Howard, Miami University, 2016