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

August 5, 2008

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery opens

Action: Opens Lake Wenatchee for sockeye salmon fishing.

Effective date/time: Aug. 6, 2008 until further notice.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Daily limit: The daily limit per angler is two sockeye 12 inches in length or greater.

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: To date, more than 24,000 fish have been counted at Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River. At least 1,000 fish are available above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.

Other information: No more than three barbless hooks may be used. No bait or sent may be attached to the hooks. Bull trout, steelhead, Chinook salmon and colored tagged sockeye must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water. Knotless nets are required. A night closure will be in effect. Legal angling hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Information contact: Art Viola, (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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