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

July 29, 2020

Lake Wenatchee opens for sockeye

Action: Opens sockeye retention season.

Effective date: One hour before official sunrise on August 3 to one hour after official sunset on September 7, 2020.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan County)

Rule: Daily limit four (4) sockeye. Minimum size 12 inches. Release all Bull Trout, steelhead, and Chinook salmon unharmed and without removing the fish from the water. Selective gear rules are in effect (up to three single barbless hooks per line, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required). Two-pole fishing is allowed with a valid two-pole endorsement. Night closure in effect.

Reason for action: The WDFW projects approximately 35,000 sockeye will return to Lake Wenatchee, which is 12,000 over the escapement target (23,000). This fishery may close on short notice depending upon participation and harvest rates. Anglers are advised to check WDFW's website routinely for updates (https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/).

Information contact: Call the Ephrata regional office (509-754-4624) or email TeamEphrata@dfw.wa.gov.

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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