OLYMPIA – The Lake Washington sockeye salmon fishery has been extended through Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced.
The extension will add two more days of fishing to the season, previously scheduled to end Sunday, Aug. 13.
“Angler turnout was a bit lower than expected in recent days, which makes it possible to provide some extra days of fishing,” said Tim Flint, WDFW salmon resource manager.
As of Thursday, Aug. 10, anglers had pulled an estimated 35,600 sockeye from Lake Washington since the fishery began July 29, Flint said. He noted that about four out of five anglers have been catching fish in recent days.
“It’s been a great fishery so far,” said Lew Atkins, assistant director of the WDFW fish program.
State and tribal salmon co-managers recently updated the size of the Lake Washington sockeye run to about 466,000 salmon. That projected run, which includes expected returns through August, is well above the spawning escapement goal of 350,000 salmon, and provides a surplus of 57,000 sockeye each for tribal and non-tribal fisheries.
Non-tribal anglers are allowed to fish from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset each day. The daily limit is two sockeye, measuring at least 15 inches. All other salmon must be immediately released unharmed. No fishing will be allowed within 100 yards of the floating bridges. Waters within 1,000 feet of the mouth of the Cedar River in Renton also will be closed to all fishing.
Anglers must carry a freshwater or combination fishing license and salmon catch record card. Any salmon that is not released must be immediately recorded on the catch record card. Under freshwater fishing rules, anglers may only fish with one rod and must stop fishing once they have reached their personal daily limit.
More information on Lake Washington sockeye salmon can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/sockeye/counts.htm.