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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Lake Washington coho numbers increase as north end section opens Monday for sport fishing

Here are the latest Lake Washington chinook, coho and sockeye counts from the Ballard Locks:

The coho count has started to ramp up, and 3,822 have been counted through Thursday, Sept. 12. Single-day counts are 71 on Sept. 1; 149 on Sept. 2; 84 on Sept. 3; 171 on Sept. 4; 133 on Sept. 5; 621 on Sept. 6; 385 on Sept. 7; 628 on Sept. 8; 161 on Sept. 9; 385 on Sept. 10; 475 on Sept. 11; and 474 on Sept. 12. At this point 92.6 percent of the returning coho are hatchery-marked.

The sport fishing season for coho in Lake Washington north of the 520 Bridge opens Monday, Sept. 16.

The chinook count is starting to wane with 7,686 through Thursday, Sept. 12, and is tracking behind the 16-year average of 10,287.

Single-day chinook 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; 164 on Aug. 25; 243 on Aug. 26; 152 on Aug. 27; 373 on Aug. 28; 119 on Aug. 29; 103 on Aug. 30; 124 on Aug. 31; 67 on Sept. 1; six on Sept. 2; 73 on Sept. 3; 122 on Sept. 4; 15 on Sept. 5; 95 on Sept. 6; 19 on Sept. 7; 34 on Sept. 8; 24 on Sept. 9; 24 on Sept. 10; none on Sept. 11; and 27 on Sept. 12.

The updated run size for Lake Washington sockeye is 179,203 sockeye through Thursday, Sept. 12, and has come to an end for the most part. It 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.

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, seven; Aug. 17, 13; Aug. 18, seven; Aug. 19, 20; Aug. 20, 20; Aug. 21, 26; Aug. 22, seven; Aug. 23, none; Aug. 24, none; Aug. 25, none; Aug. 26, 13; Aug. 27, seven; Aug. 28, seven; Aug. 29, none; Aug. 30, seven; Aug. 31, none; Sept. 1, 13; Sept. 2, none; Sept. 3, none; Sept. 4, seven; Sept. 5, none; Sept. 6, none; Sept. 7, none; Sept. 8, none; Sept. 9, none; Sept. 10, none; Sept. 11, none; and Sept. 12, none.

At this same time the count in 2012 was 145,815; 2011 was 43,724; 2010 was 161,417; 2009 was 22,159; 2008 was 33,702; 2007 was 69,264; and 2006 was 453,517.

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

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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