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

July 22, 2004

Lake Wenatchee opens to sockeye fishing

Action: Open sockeye salmon sport fishery in Lake Wenatchee.

Effective date: Saturday July 24, 2004 until allowable harvest has been taken.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: Lake Wenatchee

Reason for action: The return of sockeye as counted at Tumwater Dam is strong enough to provide for a fishery.

Other information: Daily limit will be two sockeye salmon with a minimum size of 12 inches. All sockeye with a yellow plastic floy tag near the dorsal fin must be released. All Species - selective gear rules in effect except fishing from a boat equipped with a motor allowed. Anglers should note that barbless hooks and no bait are required under Selective Gear Rules. Bull trout must be immediately released unharmed. Fishing allowed only from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset. The fishery will likely be closed by emergency regulation with very short notice once the allowable harvest is taken.

Important Notice: There is very limited access available due to parking limitations at Wenatchee State Park with no off-site parking available. Once full, someone will have to exit before another vehicle is allowed to enter the park. A $5.00 parking fee is required which includes use of the boat launch. A primitive boat launch is also available on US Forest Service property but has extremely limited parking also.

Information contact: Art Viola (509) 665-3337 or WDFW Region 2 Office (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.