Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 1, 2012

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery opens Aug. 4

Action: Lake Wenatchee opens for sockeye salmon fishing

Effective date: Aug. 4 (one hour before official sunrise) until Aug. 31, 2012 (one hour after sunset).

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Daily limit: The daily limit per angler is three sockeye 12 inches in length or greater.

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: To date, more than 30,000 fish are estimated at Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River. At least 7,000 fish are estimated to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.

Other information: Selective gear rules (single barbless lures or flies, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required) in effect. Bull trout, steelhead, and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water. 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. Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Revenue from the CRSSE supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

NOTE: The Lk Wenatchee sockeye fishery may be closed on short notice depending on participation and catch rates. Anglers are advised to check daily the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at WDFW -- Washington State Sportfishing Rules.

Important Angler Note: All sockeye with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin must be released. These fish are essential to ongoing studies being conducted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337 (Wenatche