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July 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Slot size limits for kokanee begin Wednesday in Cle Elum and Cooper lakes

Anglers who fish for kokanee in Cle Elum Lake and Cooper Lake will now have a 7-inch minimum size limit and a 14-inch maximum size limit on any kokanee they intend to keep beginning Wednesday, July 3 until further notice.

Since 2009, state Fish and Wildlife and the Yakama Nation have reintroduced sockeye salmon into the Upper Cle Elum Basin

The slot limit will mean anglers who are targeting kokanee will not catch any adult sockeye as few are smaller than 16 inches.

The 7-inch minimum size for retention will also protect juvenile migrating sockeye rearing in the two lakes from being inadvertently caught before they migrate out to sea.

Daily limit in Lake Cle Elum is 16 kokanee, and in Cooper Lake the daily limit for all trout including kokanee is five.

Last year, about 9,500 sockeye were trapped at Priest Rapids Dam and released into Cle Elum Lake. Another 500 sockeye were taken to Cooper Lake near Salmon La Sac. Both lakes are located in Kittitas County.

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