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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 28, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Lake Washington sockeye counts exceed preseason forecast

The Lake Washington sockeye return has surpassed the preseason forecast of 34,683, and is now at 40,268 through July 24.

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

“The really great thing is the continuing cool weather which we have seen (this past weekend being an exception) this summer,” said Bill Robinson, an SPU Cedar River AMWG Member and member of SPU Cedar River HCP Oversight Committee. “This is a real benefit to the fish migration through the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Lake Union and Portage Bay. These areas are well known to be areas with leathal water temperature in normal weather years. With low levels of sockeye returning this year, we can’t afford to lose sockeye or chinook in these areas.”

The spawning escapement goal is 350,000 sockeye so it is more than likely no fishery will occur this summer.

Seeing the returning sockeye and chinook 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.

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

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