Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon fishery will open July 19

Lake Wenatchee will open for sockeye salmon fishing one hour before official sunrise Saturday. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. Fishing will be open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset each day.

The daily limit for each angler will be six sockeye, 12 inches in length or longer.

Current sockeye passage at both Tumwater Dam and mainstem Columbia River dams, at least 65,000 sockeye are projected to be destined for Lake Wenatchee, according to the department. This provides an estimated 42,000 sockeye to be available for fishing, above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.

Selective gear rules will be in effect -- up to three single barbless hooks per line, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required. A night closure will be in effect.

Anglers may fish with two poles as long as they have a valid two-pole endorsement. Anglers also are required to possess a Columbia River salmon/steelhead endorsement as part of their valid fishing license.

Bull trout, steelhead and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water.

Fishery managers cautioned anglers that the Lake Wenatchee fishery mighty be closed on short notice depending on participation and catch rates. Anglers are advised to check daily the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or go to the department’s website.