All right, fine, we probably won’t actually get a Lake Washington sockeye fishery this year as I stated we would* earlier this week.
The mathematics just aren’t doing what they need to do and we’re way past the latest halfway mark of the run ever.
Damned 350,000-fish figure anyway.
But … I’m still in the mood to salute some sockeye, so here’s to you, Osoyoos- and Wenatchee-bound salmon, yee 500,000-strong run past Bonneville, the most EVER by some 114,000 fish.
And yer still going over in quadruple-digit daily clumps.
You are blowing doors off the dams while other runs are blowing goats.
You, my dear bucks and hens, are showing How It’s Done.
In the 74 years since fish counting began at Bonneville, only one other distinct salmon stock has had a better run, the 2003 and 2004 returns of fall Chinook (610,000 and 583,000), and those fish were all that crossed over a five-month period while you’ve taken just a month and a half to run up the score.
I tip my hat to you.
OK, back to the damned magazines and deadline.
* With plenty of asterisks peppered around.