Sockeye fishing grounds affected by the central Washington wild fires are finally accessible now that the fires are under more control and with the cooler, wetter weather.
“Things are much improved, and on Monday my wife and I drove to Brewster, and the power is on and businesses are open,” said Dave Graybill, longtime central Washington outdoor writer and radio host. “In fact there was quite a few people fishing, and it has been quite good for sockeye (and a few kings). My brother was out on Monday and limited in the Brewster Pool.”
The Pateros area hoped to have power back up by Wednesday, and the Marathon Gas Station and Grocery Store is open although many of the motels are still closed.
The much needed storm arrived to provide some relief on Tuesday night, and it was cooler and raining this morning.
Other were wondering about access to the sockeye fishery in Lake Wenatchee.
“Sockeye fishing is also going very well, and the (Lake Wenatchee) state park where the boat launch is never really closed it was just that the roads leading into it were off limits,” Graybill said.
“I just got off the phone (Wednesday morning) with the Squirrel Restaurant at Cole’s Corner, which is on the turn off to Lake Wenatchee, and people are able to now access Lake Wenatchee, Fish Lake and the state park. The air quality is great at Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth.”
“It would be beneficial for folks to go up and fish and spend money on the local businesses which have suffered from the recent events as they could sure use it,” Graybill said. “I would also encourage people to fish the Brewster Salmon Derby (Aug. 1-3).”