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

August 10, 2009

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery closes Aug. 11

Action: Lake Wenatchee closes for sockeye salmon fishing.

Effective date/time: Aug. 11, 2009 (one hour after official sunset)

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: Sockeye mortality, both substantial and unexpected, has occurred during migration up the Wenatchee River due to high water temperatures. Consequently, sufficient numbers of sockeye are not available to continue the Lake Wenatchee sport-fishing season.

Other information: To date anglers have harvested 2,040 sockeye from Lake Wenatchee. The remaining fish will be allowed to escape capture and spawn, ensuring fish for the future.

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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