Today’s press release from the DFW….“To date, at least 46,000 fish have migrated past Tumwater Dam in route to Lake Wenatchee. Projections of the total run could exceed 62,000 fish. Current angler participation and catch rates have indicated that these actions are warranted. At least 23,000 fish are estimated to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish. To date, less than 7,000 sockeye have been estimated in the harvest.”
Catch report from midweek fishing is that fishing has significantly slowed. Successful technique seems to vary day to day, depths from 25 to 70 feet, red hooks one day, hochies the next.
Starting Saturday, then limit is raised to 5 fish per license with a minimum length of 12 inches.
The season is scheduled to remain open through Sept 3rd, although fish quality is deteriorating so the late August catch may be best for smoking.