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Monday, August 7, 2017
By Dave Graybill
It only takes me a few minutes to check the sockeye numbers over Tumwater Dam. It is just five miles from my home in Leavenworth to the dam. I think the fish counters were so tired of seeing me poke my nose through the chain link fence to ask about the current numbers that they now have a sign on the fence. The last time I was able to check the counts it was a 22,645. I had to leave town for a few days of commission meetings, so I ran home, grabbed my boat and launched it at the State Park. I have a friend that made space at his dock for me, so I tied it up there, in hopes that it would be open when I got home. No such luck, but I still have my fingers crossed that it will open soon. I have some three-hook leaders and leaders with some hoochies tied up. I would recommend that you use a 12-inch leader to start with, and you may shorten this up, depending on what the sockeye like this year. Most years I would start fishing at just 20 or 30 feet deep in the morning, and then go deep as the day brightened. Last year we were fishing as deep as 70 feet at first light. You just don’t know until you get out there.