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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Lake Washington coho counts rise as sport fishery is now open

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

The coho count has started to increase, and 4,921 have been counted through Sunday, Sept. 15. 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; 474 on Sept. 12; 204 on Sept. 13; 341 on Sept. 14; and 554 on Sept. 15. At this point 91.9 percent of the returning coho are hatchery-marked.

The sport fishing season for coho is now open in Lake Washington north of the 520 Bridge.

The chinook count is 7,773 through Sunday, Sept. 15, and is tracking behind the 16-year average of 10,475.

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; 27 on Sept. 12; 13 on Sept. 13; 33 on Sept. 14; and 41 on Sept. 15.

The updated run size for Lake Washington sockeye remains ar 179,203 sockeye through Sunday, Sept. 15. 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.

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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