Big Sock Count Trumped A Day Later

Sunday’s huge slug o’ sockeye at Bonneville Dam, some 25,000 fish, was the second largest in 72 years of record for exactly 24 hours.

Yesterday’s count was 26,783, just 329 fish shy of tying the all-time record of 27,112 set July 7, 1955.

That bumps the overall count to 108,930 — 72,260 more than the 10-year average — and it would appear to be the highest count through June 21 since record-keeping began in 1938, a quick check of data at DART and FPC shows.

The count is also quickly approaching the preseason forecast of 125,200.

The biggest sockeye runs on record in the Columbia-Snake system occurred in the mid-1950s: 237,748 in 1955 and 235,215 in 1953.

In modern times, the 2008 run hit 213,607.

As for other species, a total of 18,731 steelhead have crossed Bonneville Dam through yesterday — more than 6,600 above the average this decade — as well as 277,389 spring Chinook, 17,397 summer Chinook, 793,465 shad and 848 lamprey.

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