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Friday, July 28, 2023
By Dave Graybill
I had a different opening day of sockeye fishing than usual on Lake Wenatchee. Usually, there is a great early morning bite. My crew of Ellie Coen, Kellen Drake and Justine Whitman and I were trolling my traditional path toward West Point by 5:30. But no nets were out, and we saw maybe one fish landed. I was starting to question my decision of running all lead balls instead of using my downriggers. At about 6:30, when the light started hitting the water, things changed, and we got busy. I was testing a variety of rigs: pink hoochies with two hooks, pink hoochies with three hooks, no hoochies and three bare hooks and we got fish on all of them—except the three bare hook rig, which usually is a winner on Lake Wenatchee. From 6:30 to 7:30 we landed 10 nice sockeye, and even landed all three fish in a triple hookup. What a blast. We had a deadline to be back at the dock by eight, so we packed it in. We weren’t the only boat that cashed in on the late bite. We saw a lot of fish landed, mostly toward the top end of the lake.