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October 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Final Lake Washington Ballard Locks salmon counts

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Here are the final Lake Washington chinook and coho counts from the Ballard Locks:

The final coho count was 12,319 hatchery fish and 1,470 wild fish through Tuesday, Oct 2. 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; 554 on Sept. 15; 840 on Sept. 16; 520 on Sept. 17; 788 on Sept. 18; 434 on Sept. 19; 581 on Sept. 20; 362 on Sept. 21; 781 on Sept. 22; 621 on Sept. 23; 782 on Sept. 24; 761 on Sept. 25; 680 on Sept. 26; 1,017 on Sept. 27; 282 on Sept. 28; 1,022 on Sept. 29; 644 on Sept. 30; 431 on Oct. 1; and 448 on Oct. 2. The total was 89.6 percent on returning coho are hatchery-marked.

The final chinook count was 7,809 counted at the Locks through Tuesday, Oct. 2, and tracked behind the 16-year average of 10,951.

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; 41 on Sept. 15; 22 on Sept. 16; none on Sept. 17; none on Sept. 18; seven on Sept. 19; none on Sept. 20; none on Sept. 21; none on Sept. 22; none on Sept. 23; none on Sept. 24; none on Sept. 25; none on Sept. 26; seven on Sept. 27; none on Sept. 28; none on Sept. 29; none on Sept. 30; none on OCt. 1; and none on Oct. 2.

The final Lake Washington sockeye count was 179,203, which exceeded the preseason forecast of 96,866. 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.

Folks can now view many of these salmon who migrated into Lake Washington and are now at their final destination the Issaquah Hatchery, and also celebrate their return this weekend at the Issaquah Salmon Days in downtown Issaquah. There will be food vendors, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, inflatables, pony rides, an extreme air show demonstration, human hamster balls, and live music. Details: http://www.salmondays.org/.
 

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