A super successful start to the 2012 Sockeye season. WSFW are patrolling the lake actively so make sure you have all required boat safety equipment, fishing licenses with all catches marked and equipment that is with in the rules. A neighbor picked up a ticket for not using a flag for a downed wake boarder. With 10x the normal boat traffic on the lake please be careful and follow both the rules and common sense.
We received the following update from Rollie.
Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Season in Brief (Monday Aug 6):
The run strength is currently around 30,000 with an estimate final run size up to or exceeding 35,000.
o. Saturday Aug. 4 (opening day)
o 120 boats (counted twice a day)
o 80+% limits recorded at the State Park and Glacier View
o Sunday Aug. 5
o 133 boats
o 90+% limits (unheard of!)
o Monday Aug. 6
o 65 boats
o 90-95% limits
It is critical to fish before sunrise as the bite drops off precipitously after the sun comes out. The preferred gear is: red hooks (you can use up to 3 individual hooks although I have never known anyone to use 3), size 0 dodger (chrome with prism decal), pink to red hoochie, with two small bead and a smile blade above the hook. Be prepared to loose about the same number of fish that you catch. admin: check for punched tails or Dolly’s (speckled) before bring a fish on board, both must be released asap.