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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Lake Washington sockeye counts climbing at Ballard Locks fish ladder

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 for any kind of fishery.

The spawning escapement goal is 350,000 sockeye.

Counts the past few days have almost neared 2,000 sockeye, so even though you can’t fish for them it makes for great viewing at the Ballard Locks fish ladder window.

If you have friends visiting from out of town go over to the locks, and thrill them with the iconic salmon of the Pacific Northwest.

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; June 23, 924; June 24, 1,954; June 25, 1,837; and June 26, 1,520.

The total sockeye count for the season so far is 12,532.

For more information go to the state Fish and Wildlife website.

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