Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 12, 2015

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery to close

Action: Lake Wenatchee closes for sockeye salmon fishing.

Effective date/time: Aug. 16, 2015, one hour after official sunset.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed spring chinook destined for the spawning grounds in the tributaries of the upper Wenatchee River are seeking refuge in the colder waters of Lake Wenatchee. While sufficient numbers of harvestable sockeye remain in the lake, the number of endangered spring chinook currently being incidentally caught and released is nearing the ESA take limit specific to the Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, (509) 665-3337, (Wenatchee District Office) (509) 662-0452, Jeff Korth (509) 754-4624.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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