Lake Wenatchee Sockeye

Lake Wenatchee 62,00 Sockeye projected, limit raised to 5

August 17th, 2012


Action:    Extends Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon season through Labor Day and increases daily bag limit.

Effective date/time:   Aug. 18 at one hour before official sunrise until Sept. 3, 2012 at one hour after sunset.

Species affected:   Sockeye salmon

Daily limit:   The daily limit per angler is five sockeye 12 inches in length or greater.


Location:   Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action:   To date, at least 46,000 fish have migrated past Tumwater Dam in route to Lake Wenatchee. Projections of the total run could exceed 62,000 fish. Current angler participation and catch rates have indicated that these actions are warranted.  At least 23,000 fish are estimated to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish. To date, less than 7,000 sockeye have been estimated in the harvest.

Other information:   Selective gear rules require anglers to use single barbless lures and knotless nets. No bait or scent are allowed. Bull trout, steelhead, and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water. The two-pole endorsement is not valid for this fishery. A night closure will be in effect. Legal angling hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

The Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery may still be closed on short notice depending on angler participation response to these regulation changes and catch rates.  Anglers are advised to check daily the Fishing Hotline at 360-902-2500 or the Fishing Update webpage at

Additional notes to anglers: All sockeye with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round quarter-inch holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin must be released. These fish are essential to ongoing studies being conducted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license and catch record card, as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE).  Harvest must be recorded on the angler’s catch record card.  Revenue from the CRSSE supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries.


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