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Thursday, July 27, 2023
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. Lake Wenatchee just opened for sockeye salmon fishing yesterday, and now the Wenatchee River will also open. According to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Wenatchee River will open next Tuesday, August 1st from the mouth to the Icicle Road Bridge. The daily limit will include 4 sockeye salmon and up to two, adult, hatchery chinook salmon. Selective gear rules apply but bait can be used. There's no two-pole endorsement available for the Wenatchee River. According to the press release from DFW, "based on current sockeye passage analysis at Tumwater Dam and mainstem Columbia River Dams, WDFW projects a surplus of harvestable sockeye destined for Lake Wenatchee, well above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish." We'll see if this takes any pressure off the Brewster Pool, where anglers continue to crowd the area in search of sockeye. I know Dave was on Lake Wenatchee for yesterday's opener and will provide a report on Friday. According to the last fish count at Rock Island Dam, over 222,000 sockeye had passed the fish counting windows. Give plenty of time to launch at Lake Wenatchee if you decide to go. Until next time, Good Fishing! (photo courtesy of Alan Suan)