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State extends Lake Wenatchee sockeye season, raises daily limit

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm with No Comments »
August 17, 2012 3:07 pm

The state just announced it is extending the Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon season through Labor Day and increasing the daily bag limit.

The change is effective Saturday, at one hour before official sunrise, until Sept. 3, at one hour after sunset.

The daily limit per angler will be five sockeye 12 inches in length or greater.

So far, an estimated 46,000 fish have migrated past Tumwater Dam en route to Lake Wenatchee. Projections of the total run could exceed 62,000 fish. Current angler participation and catch rates have indicated that these actions are warranted, said a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.

At least 23,000 fish are estimated to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish. To date, less than 7,000 sockeye have been estimated in the harvest.

Selective gear rules require anglers to use single barbless lures and knotless nets. No bait or scent are allowed. Bull trout, steelhead and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water. The two-pole endorsement is not valid for this fishery. A night closure will be in effect. Legal angling hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

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