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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Lake Washington sockeye counts off to a good start

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While the big buzz on the sockeye scene has been either the Lower Skagit River or the Columbia River, one might take a quick look at what’s brewing over in the Ballard Locks.

Through June 17, 9,821 sockeye have been counted that are headed for tributaries such as the Cedar River and other smaller creeks in Lake Washington.

On June 12 the count it was 1,633 sockeye; June 13, 687; June 14, 532; June 15, 2,183; June 16, 3,062; and June 17, 1,724.

Those early numbers look quite good considering this year’s forecast is just 45,871 sockeye, which means a good chunk of the preseason forecast has already been achieved in just six days of counting at the locks.

While that is good news, more than 350,000 are needed before state Fish and Wildlife will consider opening up this urban fishery.

The last time Lake Washington was open for sport sockeye fishing was 2006. Other dates a fishery was held included 2004, 2002, 2000 and 1996.

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