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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 26, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Lake Washington sockeye runs is starting to arrive, and the return is expected to be poor

This summer’s Lake Washington sockeye run of 34,683 is projected to be one of the lowest returns on record so expectations aren’t high.

The spawning escapement goal is 350,000 sockeye before any fishing is considered so we’ll be nowhere near that unless some miracle happens.

Here are the latest sockeye counts at the Ballard Locks: June 12, 304; June 13, 259; June 14, 303; June 15, 352; June 16, 648; June 17, 646; June 18, 622; June 19, 318; June 20, 725; June 21, 1,142; June 22, 978; and June 23, 924.

So far, the total sockeye count is 7,221.

On the other hand our friends to the north in southern British Columbia are expecting a Fraser River sockeye forecast of more than 2.8-million.

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