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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Lake Washington salmon return updates mixed with good and bad news

Here are the latest Lake Washington chinook, sockeye and coho counts taken at the Ballard Locks.

The chinook continue to straggle in, and the return this year of 4,909 through Sept. 29 is quite a bit below the historical averages.

The sockeye migration through the Locks is finished except for the very occasional late arriving fish. Through Sept. 29, 43,724 have returned to the Locks compared to the preseason forecast of 34,683.

The coho return is also rapidly declining, however the good news is the wild coho are increasing in number.

Through Sept. 29, 8,560 coho have been counted at the Locks. The preseason forecast is 28,606 (23,708 are of hatchery origin).

“Take the time to go out to the Cedar River (sockeye, chinook, coho and the occasional pink), Swamp Creek, North Creek and the Bear Creek system (sockeye, chinoook and coho), and view these great icons of the Pacific Northwest,” said Bill Robinson, member of the Cedar River Oversight Committee. “The kids will find it really interesting and a unique learning experience, and it renews your spirit.”

Fish counts at the Ballard Locks are conducted mainly by the Muckleshoot Tribe and state Fish and Wildlife, plus volunteers.

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