Northwest NEWS

July 10, 2000


Sockeye fishing opens in Lake Washington

   An exceptionally strong run of sockeye salmon returning to Lake Washington will allow sockeye fishing for the first time in four years.

   Sockeye fishing will be open only in the daytime, from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after sunset. Fishing is scheduled to remain open daily through August 15, or until the non-tribal allocation is reached.

   To allow the sockeye fishery to take place, fishing for all species will be closed at night south of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. There will be temporary daily recreational sockeye closures to allow tribal commercial fishing.

   To minimize crowding at boat access areas and on the lake, and avoid interference between recreational and commercial gear, sport fishing will be closed from noon on July 12 and 13; July 17 and 18, and July 19 and 20.

   The open fishing area is south of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (Highway 520), except for the following closed areas:

   The daily limit is two sockeye salmon at least 15 inches or longer. Call (360) 902-2500 (then press 2) for the latest information.