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Buoy 10 Fishery Extended, Lake Wenatchee and Tilton River to Close
Lake Wentachee will close to sockeye salmon fishing on September 5. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the majority of adult sockeye salmon currently in Lake Wenatchee will soon become largely unavailable to anglers due to their annual migration to the spawning grounds on the White and Little Wenatchee rivers. Because sockeye condition and desirability will have declined drastically the closure is intended to reduce unnecessary impacts to bull trout.
Additionally, the Tilton River (Lewis County) will be closed to all fishing from posted markers 25 feet downstream to 25 feet upstream of the fish release site ramp at Gus Backstrom Park from September 3 until further notice. This is due to the release of fall chinook and coho on the Tilton River.
Meanwhile, the king fishery at Buoy 10 near the Lower Columbia River has been extended until September 14. Previously scheduled to close after Labor Day, catch rates have been less than expected.
Kayak Fishing Spurs Growth in Sportfishing Market
Consumer market research firm Technavio is predicting the global sportfishing equipment market to grow 3.06-percent in the next year, spurred largely by an increase in the popularity of kayak fishing.
According to a press release from the company,
Kayak fishing has been gaining popularity due to its healthy method of transportation, as it requires the angler to paddle, and also for its low cost compared to motorized boats. In the US, the number of trips recorded in kayak fishing were more than 38 million in 2015. This number of kayak fishing outings held a share of 4.3% in 2015 out of total number of fishing outings from shorelines, boats, river banks, piers or jettys, kayaks, and other fishing venues.
Labor Day Salmon Derby in Reedsport, Oregon
A $500 cash prize is up for grabs if you haul in the “heaviest salmon overall” at the 23rd Annual Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay Salmon Derby held this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5.
The derby is an annual fundraiser for the Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay STEP group that focuses on raising hatchery fall Chinook salmon for the lower Umpqua River.
Derby hours are Saturday and Sunday from daylight to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, daylight to noon. Tickets are $10 for individual and $25 per private boat and are sold in Reedsport at Ace Hardware, the Recreation Station and Turman Tackle and in Winchester Bay at Salmon Harbor Tackle, Stockade Market and at weigh-in locations.