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

July 20, 2004

Lake Washington opens July 24 for additional day of sockeye fishing

Action: Lake Washington opens for one day of fishing for sockeye salmon July 24, 2004.

Effective Date: July 24, 2004

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Lake Washington waters east of a line extended true south from Webster Point. Closed to fishing within 100 yards either side of Hwy. 520 and I-90 floating bridges, and additionally, closed within 1,000 feet of the Cedar River mouth.

Reason for action: The projected sockeye run is expected to be greater than the escapement goal of 350,000. Additional sockeye remain on the non-tribal share.

Other information: The salmon bag limit will be two fish (sockeye only) with a minimum size of 15 inches. All other salmon must be immediately released unharmed. Daily fishing hours are from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset.

Freshwater fishing rules apply. These rules include the requirement that fishers have a current Freshwater or Combination license and catches must be immediately recorded on their Sport Catch Record Card. A Saltwater fishing license is not valid in Lake Washington. Barbed hooks are allowed. Also under freshwater rules, individual anglers may only fish with one rod and must stop fishing once their personal daily limit has been retained.

Catch rates and run size will continue to be updated to determine whether additional fishing opportunity can be provided.

Chinook impacts: Chinook impacts are expected to be minimal. The peak of the chinook abundance in the lake is not expected until after mid-August. Anglers are reminded to release any chinook immediately.

Information contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2700

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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