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July 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Lake Wenatchee opens for sockeye fishing this Saturday

More good news related to the strong Upper Columbia River sockeye return is that the Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery will open this Saturday, July 19, one hour before official sunrise.

The daily limit will be six sockeye per angler, and must be 12 inches in length or longer.

Word has it that about 5,000 sockeye were passing up Tumwater Dam, and state Fish and Wildlife says based on current sockeye passage at least 65,000 total sockeye are expected to migrate into Lake Wenatchee.

This means about 42,000 sockeye will be available for anglers to catch, and well above above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000.

Selective gear rules (up to three single barbless hooks per line, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required) will be required. Anglers may fish with two poles as long as they possess a valid two-pole endorsement. A night closure will be in effect.

Legal fishing hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Bull trout, steelhead and chinook must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water.

This fishery could close on a short notice depending on catch rates and angler pressure.

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