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Tag: Lake Wenatchee sockeye


Fishing report: Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery opens Saturday

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.

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

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Return too low to allow sockeye fishing at Lake Wenatchee

There will be no sockeye salmon fishery in Lake Wenatchee this year.

The return of sockeye to the lake is not strong enough to allow a recreational fishery, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a short time ago.

Although more than 185,000 sockeye have passed Bonneville Dam this year, only about 14,000 of them are expected to enter Lake Wenatchee, said Jeff Korth, regional fish manager in Ephrata.

That is short of the 23,000-fish goal for spawning escapement in the lake, Korth said.

“We know this is disappointing news for anglers, especially since the

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Lake Wenatchee sockeye season to close Aug. 31

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife a short time ago announced Lake Wenatchee will close for sockeye salmon fishing one hour after sunset on Aug. 31.

The news release said by Aug. 31 most of the sockeye currently in the lake will have migrated to the White and Little Wenatchee rivers and will be unavailable to anglers. Continuing the fishery would also increase bull trout impacts.

Trout and other game fish seasons will continue as described in the 2010/2011 “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet.