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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.