Lake Wenatchee Opens Wednesday
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Lake Wenatchee Opens for Sockeye
Lake Wenatchee opens to sockeye salmon fishing this Wednesday (July 20), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced Based on current sockeye passage analysis at both Tumwater Dam and mainstem Columbia River Dams, at least 60,000 total sockeye are projected to be destined for Lake Wenatchee, according to the WDFW. This provides an estimated 37,000 sockeye to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.
The daily limit of sockeye per anglers is six fish, 12 inches in length or greater. Legal angling hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Bull trout, steelhead, and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water.
Fishing Popular Nationwide
Fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activities for adults, according to the 2016 Special Report on Fishing just released by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. The report reveals that more than 2.5 million people had their very first fishing experience in 2015, and a total of 45.7 million Americans (15.6 percent of the U.S. population) participated in fishing.
“We are pleased to see many positive trends in this report such as increases for first-time, youth and Hispanic participants,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Previous research tells us 126 million people have tried fishing, but with only 46 million actively participating, we have a big opportunity in front of us. The insights from this research will help RBFF and the fishing/boating industries ensure future growth for the sport, and the state conservation efforts that rely on it.”
Full findings of the report:
Lake Wenatchee photo courtesy Ann & Peter McDonald.