The Fisherman’s Corner, By Rollie Schmitten
Ahoy Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Fishers: The outlook for this years sockeye fishing is outstanding, assuming that we have enough cold water to get the fish up to the lake. The first sockeye was spotted going over the dam last Thursday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, is estimating a run of 107,000 sockeye to return to Lake Wenatchee. That would exceed the record set last year of 99,200, which was the largest run to our lake since records were started in 1938. In addition, it is estimated 285,000 sockeye are bound for the Okanogan River. Currently the lake is set to open on July 18th given enough fish have passed the Tumwater Dam (25,000 fish are needed to pass for escapement and the balance is allowed for catch). It is also expected that the bag limit will be 6 fish, the same as last year. The opening date is always tentative and subject to change should the fish not return as expected so continue to check the news and this web site.