Lake Wenatchee Opens for Sockeye Beginning Sunday

Kurt Hoehne Fishing

sockeyeFrom the outstanding Seattle Times fishing column Reel Time Northwest by Mark Yuasa. Original post here


A strong sockeye return to Lake Wenatchee will allow a sport fishery that will open Saturday, Aug. 3, one hour before official sunrise until further notice.

Daily limit will be two sockeye with a minimum size of 12 inches.

So far, more than 27,000 sockeye have passed Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River. About 30,000 are forecasted to return with about 7,000 available for sport anglers to catch above the spawning escapement goal of 23,000.

Other rules are: Selective gear rules (up to three single barbless hooks per line, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required) in effect; a night closure will be in effect; all sockeye with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round ¼ inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin must be released; and bull trout, steelhead, and Chinook must be released without removing them from the water.

Anglers must have a fishing license, including a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement.

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