Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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August 24, 2004

Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Fishery Closes Aug. 31

Action: Lake Wenatchee closes to sockeye salmon fishing

Effective date/time: Aug. 31, 2004 (one hour after official sunset)

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: Creel census indicates that catch rates and fishing effort are rapidly declining as sockeye mature and migrate into the Little Wenatchee, White and Napeequa River to spawn in September. The quality of the sockeye is also declining as fish approach spawning time.

Other information: The regulations listed on page 92 of the WDFW Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet pertaining to trout and other game fish remain in effect. Total harvest for the 39-day fishery, which opened on July 24, is projected to reach 5,700 to 5,800 sockeye.

Information contact: Art Viola, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337 or Bob Perleberg, (509) 662-0452 (Wenatchee District Office); or WDFW Region 2 Headquarters (509)-754-4624 (Ephrata)

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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