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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

June 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

A room with a view of fish

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9:05 a.m.
Even on a gray day, a visit to the Ballard Locks never disappoints.
Taking cover from the early morning rain, I started my exploration at the fish ladder, where you can see the salmon swimming upstream to their spawning grounds.
I would have never been able to tell what type of salmon I was looking at, but it was my luck to run into Pat Martinez, a local fisherman who makes a quick stop every day to check the activity on the ladder.
Martinez said these were all sockeye, except for a few king salmon, which looked much larger. “Sockeyes can be from 3 to 10 pounds,” he said. “King salmon can go up to 45 pounds.”
The best time to come see the salmon will be in two or three weeks, said Martinez. “The window will be full of sockeye.”

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