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Tag: kokanee


Change in daily limit at Cle Elum Lake

Starting Saturday, the 16 kokanee daily limit at Cle Elum Lake has been eliminated and replaced with a daily limit of five trout including kokanee.

The change was announced Thursday to protect sea-going sockeye salmon being reintroduced to the upper Cle Elum basin.

The 7-inch minimum and 14-inch maximum size for kokanee remains in effect. The 12-inch minimum size for other trout species also remains unchanged.


Fishing report: Weekend outlook filled with sun, warm temps

Good weather in the weekend forecast should bring plenty of people out to local lakes, coastal beaches for a razor clam dig and to rivers looking to hook a steelhead. The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid-60s Saturday and Sunday. Could it be that spring fishing is finally here?

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will run in Wednesday’s Sports section.


Cowlitz: The fishing is picking up, but slowly. People are catching a handful of steelhead and a few spring chinook. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered

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Lake Sammamish kokanee do not qualify for Endangered Species Act protection

After evaluating current available scientific information, the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service a short time ago announced that Lake Sammamish kokanee
salmon do not meet the criteria of a distinct population segment and
therefore, are not a listable entity under the Endangered Species Act.

Here is the rest of the news release:

The determination comes in response to a 2007 petition from a group of
conservation organizations and local and tribal governments concerned about
the decline of the kokanee population. In 2008, the Service published a
notice in the Federal Register indicating the petition

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State imposes size limit for kokanee on Cle Elum and Cooper lakes

Anglers need to be aware that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a maximum size limit of 14 inches total length for kokanee in Cle Elum Lake and Cooper Lake.

The size limit is effective through Oct. 31, and covers just kokanee, which are landlocked sockeye salmon.

The state news release said the Yakama Nation and department are continuing a pilot study, which began in 2009, for reintroduction of anadromous sockeye salmon in the upper Cle Elum Basin. In July, 2,000 adult sockeye salmon trapped at Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River were released

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