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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Latest Lake Washington coho, chinook and sockeye counts, and north end coho fishery opens Sunday

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Here are the updated Lake Washington coho, sockeye and chinook numbers.

Through Sunday, Sept. 9 the inseason sockeye count provided by Mike Mahovlich, a Muckleshoot Tribal biologist, is now up to 145,815 compared to the preseason forecast of 45,871.

The last time a fishery occurred was 2006 when a run of 470,000 sockeye returned and allowed an 18-day sport fishery. Other fisheries occurred in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004. This summer’s return is similar to 2010 when 161,417 sockeye returned.

Since 2006, sockeye returns have dropped close to historic lows, and the run last summer ended up at about 43,000.

Back in 2009, the sockeye fry entered the lake in low numbers so this summer’s adult return wasn’t expected to be that good.

The new permanent hatchery on the Upper Cedar River just below Landsburg Dam can produce more than 34-million sockeye fry, but last year it only got 25 percent of that figure from spawned adult sockeye. A run above 100,000 this summer could raise the bar in production number of spawning fish at the new facility.

The new hatchery facility got a 9-million egg take from last year’s sockeye return, and many are hoping to get 20-million from this summer’s return.

Many are now keeping tabs on the chinook and coho returns that are beginning to filter into the huge urban watershed.

The inseason chinook count total at the Ballard Locks is 14,275 with a 16-year average for this point in time is 10,003.

Single-day chinook counts are: July 25, 140; July 26, 52; July 27, 145; July 28, 111; July 29, 207; July 30, 44; July 31, 96; Aug. 1, 165 (no actual count but an estimation); Aug. 2, 235; Aug. 3, 235; Aug. 4, 216; Aug. 5, 154; Aug. 6, 392; Aug. 7, 317; Aug. 8, 337; Aug. 9, 210; Aug. 10, 535; Aug. 11, 501; Aug. 12, 495; Aug. 13, 646; Aug. 14, 92; and Aug. 15, 216; Aug. 16, 301; Aug. 17, 231; Aug. 18, 308; Aug. 19, 724; Aug. 20, 478; Aug. 21, 549; Aug. 22, 296; Aug. 23, 439; Aug. 24, 360; Aug. 25, 393; Aug. 26, 694; Aug. 27, 350; Aug. 28, 824; Aug. 29, 439; Aug. 30, 52; Aug. 31, 336; Sept. 1, 227; Sept. 2, 135; Sept. 3, 92; Sept. 4, 166; Sept. 5, 144; Sept. 6, 56; Sept. 7, 39; Sept. 8, 72; and Sept. 9, 450.

The inseason coho count total at the Ballard Locks is 5,071.

Single-day chinook counts are: Sept. 1, 244; Sept. 2, 270; Sept. 3, 491; Sept. 4, 378; Sept. 5, 661; Sept. 6, 439; Sept. 7, 653; Sept. 8, 903; and Sept. 9, 1,663.

The Lake Washington coho fishery opens Sept. 16 north of the Highway 520 Bridge and east of the Montlake Bridge. Daily limit is four coho with a minimum size limit of 12 inches.

(Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff reporter)

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