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

August 5, 2009

Sockeye salmon retention begins in Lake Osoyoos

Action: Anglers will be able to retain adult sockeye salmon in Lake Osoyoos.

Effective dates: Aug 7, 2009 through Aug 30, 2009.

Location: Lake Osoyoos 300 yards south of the 49th parallel (US-Canadian border, which is marked with large fluorescent orange signs).

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns above Zosel Dam are predicted to be in excess of needs for wild fish escapement to the spawning grounds. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Other information: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit is four sockeye salmon. Release all chinook salmon. Statewide freshwater gear rules apply. Release all sockeye with colored anchor (floy) tag attached.

Information contact: Bob Jateff, District Six Fish Biologist, Twisp (509) 997-0316, Jeff Korth, Region Two Fish Program Manager, Ephrata, (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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