OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public workshop May 26 in Issaquah to discuss a recent report that provides an analysis of data that could be used in determining management goals for sockeye salmon returning to Lake Washington and the Cedar River.
The workshop is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at WDFW’s Issaquah Hatchery, 125 W Sunset Way. During the meeting, WDFW staff will discuss the report, which is based on an independent review of Lake Washington sockeye salmon populations, including the Cedar River stock.
The report provides an independent assessment of the biological characteristics of Lake Washington sockeye, including productivity and returns per spawning fish, said Jim Scott, assistant director of WDFW’s fish program.
“This information provides a starting point for discussions with tribal co-managers, our constituents and other stakeholders about future sockeye salmon management in Lake Washington,” Scott said. “We’d like to hear from anglers and others interested in Lake Washington sockeye as we look into the productivity of these fish in the watershed and how we currently manage our sockeye fisheries there.”
The report, entitled “Cedar River and Lake Washington Sockeye Salmon Biological Reference Point Estimates,” is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/papers/cedar_lk_wash_sockeye/.
The recreational sockeye fishery in Lake Washington last opened in 2006, when about 470,000 sockeye returned to the watershed. Currently, a return of more than 350,000 sockeye is needed before fishery managers will consider opening a recreational fishery in the lake.