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Tag: sockeye salmon

Aug.
17th

State extends Lake Wenatchee sockeye season, raises daily limit

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

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Aug.
3rd

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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July
25th

State allows boat limits during Baker Lake sockeye fishery

The state is allowing each angler aboard a vessel on Baker Lake to continue “to deploy angling gear until the daily limit of sockeye has been retained for all licensed and juvenile anglers onboard.”

The rule change is effective through Sept. 4, and applies only for sockeye salmon.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the return of Baker Lake sockeye is expected to far surpass escapement goals, making the additional sockeye salmon available for harvest.

All other fishing regulations remain in effect as listed in the 2012/2013 Fishing in Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet. Anglers are reminded to

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June
26th

Monday sockeye count at Bonneville Dam sets record

The record sockeye run predicted for the Columbia River seems to be coming to fruition. On Sunday, a record 38,756 sockeye were counted at Bonneville Dam, smashing the previous record of 30,690 fish on June 24, 2010.

A record 462,000 sockeye are forecast to pass through the mouth of the Columbia this year. Of those, 431,300 fish are expected to be headed to the Okanogan River.

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July
20th

Sockeye fishing on Baker Lake opens Saturday

For the second straight year, anglers will be able to fish for sockeye salmon in Baker Lake. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement Tuesday.

From Saturday until further notice, anglers can keep up to three adult sockeye salmon that exceed 18 inches in length from the log boom barrier at Baker Dam upstream to the mouth of the upper Baker River. All other salmon, as well as bull trout, must be released.

Brett Barkdull, a fish biologist, said this year’s return is expected to meet spawning production goals. As of today, 8,285 sockeye had returned to

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Aug.
20th

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.

July
22nd

Sockeye fishing extended on Baker, Skagit rivers

The state has reopened sockeye fishing on the Baker and Skagit rivers. The fishery will be open through July 31.

The Baker River is open from mouth to the state Route 20 bridge, while the Skagit is open from the Dalles Bridge in Concrete to a point 200 feet above the east bank of the Baker River.

The state said the sockeye run in the Baker is above the number needed for spawning and hatchery egg-take needs. Because of that harvestable numbers remain to extend the fishery.

The daily limit is two sockeye. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in

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