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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 3, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Lake Washington sockeye run exceeding preseason forecast

The Lake Washington sockeye return continues to climb above the preseason forecast.

“The returns continue to be positive for both chinook and sockeye,” said Bill Robinson SPU Cedar River AMWG and member of SPU Cedar River HCP Oversight Commmittee.

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 31 is 42,642 compared to the preseason forecast of 34,683.

Compare that to the past year figures such as 2009 when 21,719 had returned on the same date; 2008 it was 33,630; 2007 it was 60,116; and 2006 it was 418,013, the last time a sport fishery occurred in the lake.

The spawning escapement goal is 350,000 sockeye before any type of fishery can be considered.

As for chinook the count through July 31 is 1,001, and doesn’t fall that behind the 16-year cumulative total of 1,665.

Seeing the returning sockeye and chinook at the Ballard Locks fish ladder viewing window is good and is a great thrill for those visiting from out of town.

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

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