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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Lake Wenatchee sockeye sport harvest will be achieved by this Sunday

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

According to Travis Maitland with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s office in Wenatchee, sockeye anglers on Lake Wenatchee have harvested over 3,200 fish as of last week.  Between 350 and 450 sockeye were being taken per day during the season that opened on August 3rd.

Both participation and the catch rate fell off this past week.  The allowed catch of sockeye is still being reached at a good pace, and anglers can expect to see the fishery closing (this Sunday, Aug. 18, one hour after official sunset).  This year’s season, the sixth in the past five years was more typical of previous seasons as it turned out.

Many anglers remember last year’s season when over 60,000 sockeye turned up at the lake.  Even with a bonus limit anglers didn’t come close to the allowed harvest.  This is a very special fishery.  Not only are these prized fish fun to catch, they are the best eating off all.

It is something special to be out on the lake catching fish with the view of Glacier Peak in the background.  The thunderstorms that have passed through the region resulted in high flows and muddy water on our local small streams, but it takes just a short time for them to drop and clear.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

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