While it hasn’t been made official yet word has leaked out that Lake Wenatchee could open for sockeye fishing as soon as this Sunday (Aug. 1).
A spokesman at the state Fish and Wildlife public affairs department in Olympia said an official press release was coming out sometime today (July 29).
If all goes according to plan, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in eastern Washington reported that the Lake Wenatchee fishery will be open Sunday to Tuesday only with a two sockeye daily limit and a minimum size of 12 inches.
Once this three-day fishery has concluded sport catches and the number of sockeye returning to Tumwater Dam would be reevaluated to see if more openings are possible after those first initial three days.
Through July 25, 20,715 sockeye have passed Tumwater Dam. In Lake Wenatchee, 23,000 are needed for spawning escapement, and 24,000-plus are needed for any type harvest.