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August 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Latest Lake Washington chinook and sockeye counts

Here are the latest Lake Washington chinook and sockeye counts:

The chinook count is 6,066 through Sunday, Aug. 25, and is tracking behind the 16-year average of 7,512. Single-day counts reached 344 on Aug. 7; 315 on Aug. 8; 436 on Aug. 9; and then dipped down to 194 on Aug. 10; 99 on Aug. 11; 56 on Aug. 12; 62 on Aug. 13; 143 on Aug. 14; 216 on Aug, 15; 101 on Aug. 16; 60 on Aug. 17; 34 on Aug. 18; 246 on Aug. 19; 68 on Aug. 20; 222 on Aug. 21; 306 on Aug. 22; 236 on Aug. 23; 145 on Aug. 24; and 164 on Aug. 25.

The updated run size for Lake Washington sockeye is 179,151 sockeye through Sunday, Aug. 25, and has surpassed the preseason forecast of 96,866. The count this summer doesn’t include the 3,536 ceremonial and subsistence fisheries that occurred by tribal co-managers below the Ballard Locks. Add those fish and the run size would be 182,687.

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; Aug. 8, 98; Aug. 9, 85; Aug. 10, 46; Aug. 11, 79; Aug. 12, 72; Aug. 13, 34; Aug. 14, 73; Aug. 15, 26; Aug. 16, 7; Aug. 17, 13; Aug. 18, 7; Aug. 19, 20; Aug. 20, 20; Aug. 21, 26; Aug. 22, 7; Aug. 23, 0; Aug. 24, 0; and Aug. 25, 0.

At this same time the count in 2012 was 145,789; 2011 was 43,717; 2010 was 161,359; 2009 was 22,146; 2008 was 33,689; 2007 was 69,114; and 2006 was 452,772.

The final extrapolations are: 2006, 179,650; 2007, 179,729; 2008, 179,220; 2009, 179,369; 2010, 179,314; 2011, 179,204; and 2012, 179,215.

Last summer’s return of 145,815 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 and one preference. It is still not too late to have a possible fishery, although the daily counts have started to drop off and is starting to look highly unlikely.

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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