Kokanee, Sockeye Salmon, Cutthroat and Bull Trout
North of the town of Leavenworth
Drive east from Monroe or west from Leavenworth on U.S.2 and turn on Highway 207, which parallels the north siie of the lake.
Wenatchee State Park has 155 tent spaces, 42 utility sites, one dump station, seven restrooms and 16 showers. In addition, the park provides two ADA campsites. Call (509) 763-3101 for information.
The south campground (sites 1 through 100) has parking pads 30 to 40 feet in length, with only two pull-through sites. Larger RVs and fifth-wheelers should use the north campground (sites 101 through 197) which includes42 large pull-through utility sites.
Maximum tents: one family tent or up to two 2-3 man tents.Maximum vehicles: two per site (additional vehicles may park in overflow areas). located just off of Highway 207 near the west end of the lake. The state park also has a boat ramp. Glacierview Campground, on the south side of the lake via Forest Service Road 6607, has 20 campsites and a boat ramp. Dirty Face Campground (U.S.Forest Service) is at the northwest corner of the lake and has 3 campsites. The nearest restaurant is on U.S.2, just west of the intersection of U.S.2. Other food, gas, lodging, and tackle can be found in Leavenworth.
Lake Wenatchee State Park covers 489 acres (198 ha) with 12,623 feet (3,847 m) of waterfront on Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River. Lake Wenatchee is a glacier and snowmelt fed lake situated in the Wenatchee National Forest on the eastern slopes of the Cascades Mountain Range in the U. S. State of Washington. It is split into two parts, the North Shore and South Shore state parks, separated by the Wenatchee River. The lake covers 2,480 acres (1,004 ha) and reaches a depth of 244 feet. Lake Wenatchee is the source of the Wenatchee River. The main tributaries include the White River and the Little Wenatchee River.
August 12, 2012:
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.
Rules and Regulations
Open year-round, with selective gear rules, except fishing from a boat equipped with a motor is allowed. It is closed to Kokanee angling. Since no kokanee have been stocked here in many years, and there apparently is no natural spawning of kokanee in the system, all so-called “kokanee” are probably juvenile anadromous sockeye. Anglers are reminded to carefully release all bull trout caught. This lake is the main rearing area for these native char in the Wenatchee basin. Bull trout are a species of concern and thus their season is closed throughout most of the state.
Fishing Lake Wenatchee
This natural lake does not provide any significant trout fishery. Anadromous sockeye salmon may show up in good numbers one year but not the next, so you can’t count on getting a chance at them most of the time. When their in season, anglers troll bare hooks in black or red finishes behind a slow moving revolving flasher, the same technique that is use on Lake Washington.
That leaves the kokanee trolling a Wedding Ring, Needlefish, or any other small, flashy spoon behind a string of trolling blades like Pop Gear, and don’t forget to add a kernel of white corn to the lure’s hook for added appeal. Summertime is Kokanee time, with July being the top producing month, but after reading up on the kokanee the state has not planted any for some years so no telling what the fishery is here.