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Date 02-Aug-16
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Conditions : North Central Washington: Salmon: The Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon fishery that opened July 20 will likely continue through the entire month of August. That's the prediction of WDFW district fish biologist Travis Maitland who noted the estimated sockeye return is greater than 60,000 fish, leaving an estimated 37,000 sockeye available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.

Selective gear rules (up to three single barbless hooks per line, no bait or scent allowed, knotless nets required) and a night closure are in effect. Anglers may fish with two poles as long as they possess a valid two-pole endorsement. Bull trout, steelhead, and chinook salmon must be released unharmed without removing the fish from the water.

Maitland reminds anglers that the Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery may close on short notice depending on participation and catch rates.

Under permanent rules, the Wenatchee River is open Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 for salmon fishing. The daily limit is four fish, of which only two can be hatchery-marked adult chinook. All sockeye and wild adult chinook must be released. This fishery is also under selective gear rules and a night closure.

Salmon fishing continues on the upper Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Rock Island Dam and from Wells Dam to Highway 173 bridge in Brewster through the month of August. The daily limit is six salmon, of which two may be adult hatchery chinook and three may be sockeye. All coho and wild adult chinook must be released. Other sections of the river, from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Wells Dam, and from Highway 173 bridge in Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam, remain open through Oct.15.

Warmwater/Mixed Species: Fishing at Potholes Reservoir and Moses Lake in the Columbia Basin is usually good during August for smallmouth and largemouth bass and walleye. With relatively milder temperatures this summer, the bite for these fish may be extended.

Roses Lake in Chelan County usually continues to produce rainbow trout and channel catfish through August.

Among many choices in Okanogan County, Leader Lake has bluegill and black crappie, Whitestone Lake has channel catfish and black crappie, and Palmer Lake has smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Fire precautions: Restrictions on campfires, smoking outside of vehicles, and other activities on WDFW lands east of the Cascade Range remain in effect to prevent wildfires. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has also imposed fire restrictions in eastern Washington. For more information, see DNR's fire danger webpage.

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