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Fishing report: Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery opens Saturday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
August 3, 2012 2:08 pm

Lake Wenatchee opens Saturday for sockeye salmon fishing. Fishing will be allowed through Aug. 31. Legal fishing hours will be one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

The daily limit per angler is three sockeye, 12 inches in length or longer.

Sockeye salmon (State Department of Fish and Wildlife)

More than 30,000 fish are expected to migrate past Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River, said a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release. At least 7,000 fish are estimated to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.

Selective gear rules will be in effect – single barbless lures or flies, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required. Bull trout, steelhead, and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water. A two-pole endorsement is not valid for this fishery. A night closure also will be in effect. Fishermen must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement.

The fishery may be closed on short notice depending on participation and catch rates. Anglers are advised to check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the department’s website daily.

Anglers are reminded that all sockeye with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin must be released. These fish are essential to ongoing studies being conducted by department.

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