Sockeye fishing extended
by Woodinville Weekly staff
The Lake Washington sockeye recreational fishing season opened an hour before sunrise, July 25, and will remain open seven days a week with a two-fish daily bag limit per angler, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announced from their bunker in Olympia.
The DFW will continue to monitor the catch until sports fishers catch approximately 48,000 additional sockeye before closing the season.
Sports anglers caught approximately 31,000 sockeye over the past weekend openings, leaving 39,000 fish of the 70,000 sockeye allocation.
The Muckleshoot, Suquamish, and Tulalip tribes have agreed to add another 9,000 sockeye to the non-Indian allocation as compensation for earlier years when the tribes caught more than their shares. The tribes have ended this year's sockeye fisheries in Lake Washington.
An estimated 490,000 sockeye are returning to Lake Washington this year. Of these, 350,000 sockeye are needed to spawn to produce future fisheries. The sockeye are expected to remain in Lake Washington until fall.
The following rules remain in effect:
- Fishing opens an hour before sunrise and closes an hour after sunset each day.
- Fishers must remain south of the Evergreen Floating Bridge.
- Waters 100 yards south of the Evergreen Floating Bridge and 100 yards on both sides of the Interstate 90 Bridge are closed.
- Waters within a 1,000-foot radius of the mouth of the Cedar River are closed.
- Sockeye must be at least 15 inches in length to keep.