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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Lake Wenatchee to open for sockeye fishing this Saturday

Another area in central Washington will benefit from a record Columbia River sockeye return.

Lake Wenatchee in Chelan County will open for sockeye fishing at one hour before official sunrise Saturday, Aug. 4 through Aug. 31.

Fishing is allowed one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset each day.

More than 30,000 fish are expected to migrate past Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River. At least 7,000 of those fish are available for the sport fishery.

The daily limit is three sockeye with a minimum size limit of 12 inches. Selective gear rules are in effect: Single barbless lures or flies, no bait or scent allowed and knotless nets are required).

The sport fishery could close sooner depending on catch rates and angler participation.

All sockeye with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin must be released.

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