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August 14, 2006
Contact: Tim Flint, (360) 902-2728

Lake Washington sockeye fishery
extended again, with 4-fish daily limit

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is again extending the Lake Washington sockeye salmon fishery and raising the catch limit to four fish per day from Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 20.

The extension will add five more days of fishing to the season, previously scheduled to end Tuesday, Aug. 15. As before, anglers must release any sockeye measuring less than 15 inches and any other species of salmon they encounter.

Anglers note: The Stan Sayres Boat Ramp north of Seward Park will be closed Sunday, Aug. 20, due to the Danskin Triathlon.

The latest extension – the fourth since the fishery opened July 29 – will be the last of the season, said Tim Flint, WDFW salmon resource manager.

“We still have some capacity under the catch quota for a few more days of fishing,” Flint said. “Catch rates are holding up well, so there’s no reason not to give anglers a few more days on the water.”

As of Sunday, Aug. 13, anglers had caught an estimated 43,000 sockeye of the 57,000 fish available for harvest by non-tribal fishers in Lake Washington this year.

Flint noted that four out of five anglers have been catching fish in recent days, adding that the best fishing has been on the south end of the lake. He recommends fishing in 70 to 90 feet of water, using a dodger with a black hook secured to a 14- to16-inch leader.

“I’m still hearing reports of people getting their limit by 8:30 in the morning,” he said.

Anglers are allowed to fish from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset each day. No fishing is allowed within 100 yards of the floating bridges. Waters within 1,000 feet of the mouth of the Cedar River in Renton also are 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