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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 13, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Lake Washington sockeye counts climbing at Ballard Locks fish ladder

The Lake Washington sockeye return is steadily creeping up toward the preseason forecast of 34,683, and normally the peak occurs around the third week of this month.

That is good news since this summer’s forecast is projected to be one of the lowest returns on record.

The total sockeye count at the Ballard Locks through July 10 is 30,510.

The spawning escapement goal is 350,000 sockeye so expectations aren’t high for any kind of fishery.

Seeing the returning sockeye at the Ballard Locks fish ladder viewing window is a great thrill for those visiting from out of town or for that matter anyone who likes to see these Pacific Northwest fish coming back to spawn.

Here are the latest sockeye counts at the Ballard Locks: June 21, 1,142; June 22, 978; June 23, 924; June 24, 1,954; June 25, 1,837; June 26, 1,520; June 27, 1,263; June 28, 865; June 29, 310; June 30, 248; July 1, 395; July 2, 404; July 3, 897; July 4, 3,550; July 5, 3,361; July 6, 1,776; July 7, 997; July 8, 864; July 9, 1,671; and July 10, 1,377.

For more details, go to state Fish and Wildlife website.

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