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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Lake Washington sockeye counts slowly creeping toward 179,000

The updated run size for Lake Washington sockeye is 178,638 sockeye through Thursday, Aug. 8, and has surpassed the preseason forecasts of 96,866.

At this same time frame in 2006 the counts were 440,070, which was the last time a sport fishery was held in the large urban watershed.

Other single-day counts have looked like this since they began on June 12 it was 2,778; June 13, 2,424; June 14, 1,285; June 15, 2,430; June 16, 3,081; June 17, 3,603; June 18, 3,851; June 19, 4,638; June 20, 2,961; June 21, 3,296; June 22, 10,782; June 23, 12,936; June 24, 4,545; June 25, 6,021; June 26, 5,577; June 27, 4,641; June 28 5,314; June 29, 9,084; June 30, 9,182; July 1, 51,35; July 2, 5,194; July 3 5,185; July 4, 3,309; July 5, 3,257; July 6, 2,988; July 7, 6,543; July 8, 3,791; July 9, 4,532; July 10, 4,748; July 11, 4,130; July 12, 5,607; July 13, 4,191; July 14, 3,159; July 15, 2,112; July 16, 1,287; July 17, 1706; July 18, 697; July 19, 1,461; July 20, 1,311; July 21, 1,088; July 22, 826; July 23, 960; July 24, 1,269; July 25, 798; July 26, 988; July 27, 750; July 28, 621; July 29, 539; July 30, 495; July 31, 244; Aug. 1, 305; Aug. 2, 146; Aug. 3, 173; Aug. 4, 179; Aug. 5, 111; Aug. 6, 158; Aug. 7, 118; and Aug. 8, 98.

Last summer’s return of 145,815 also shattered the preseason forecast of 45,871,.

Lowering the spawning escapement goal to somewhere around 200,000 is still being debated by state Fish and Wildlife and tribal fish managers, and no agreement has been made so far. The current spawning escapement goal is 350,000, which has been in place at least three or four decades. Fishery managers would like to put something in place for the next few years such as a harvest rate approach, and there wasn’t just one proposal or one preference.

The last time Lake Washington was open for sport sockeye fishing in 2006 anglers has 18 days to fish on the water with a return of 458,005 fish, the longest since 1996 when it was open 25 days. Other dates a fishery was held included 2004, 2002, 2000 and 1996.

 

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