Peamouth minnows, who surge into Kelsey Creek for brief visits each spring, were spotted at the Kelsey Creek fish ladder around 11 a.m. today (Tuesday). You may also see them at the Wilburton Trestle at this time.
Countless peamouth minnows return to the stream in the spring to spawn and for 24 to 48 hours the stream is thick with the usually elusive fish.
Volunteers in the Peamouth Patrol monitor Bellevue streams for the peamouth's arrival and track their numbers and wildlife when they visit. The city makes an effort to alert residents when the fish are around. Sign up to receive an e-mail alert when the peamouth are spotted.
Unlike the stereotypical minnow, peamouth average a foot long. A Lake Washington fish, they can live an average of eight years. Unlike salmon, peamouth don't mind warmer water and lower stream levels in the spring.
Peamouth spawn in our streams, then return to the lake. The stream is plastered with gazillions of sticky little eggs that only take about a week to hatch.
The best spots to watch the peamouth are by Kelsey Creek, under the Wilburton Trestle and at the Mercer Slough Fish Ladder. Watch quietly at these sites and, in addition to the peamouth, you may see other wildlife looking for dinner, including blue heron, wood ducks, river otters and bald eagles.
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