July 17, 2014
Contact: Craig Bartlett, (360) 902-2259
Road closures may block access to
Lake Wenatchee sockeye opener
|JULY 1 UPDATE: Road access to Wenatchee Lake has been restored and the state park is now open.|
OLYMPIA - Anglers are advised that all roads are currently closed to Lake Wenatchee, where a popular sockeye salmon fishery is set to open Saturday (July 19).
With several wildfires burning in the area, state officials have closed U.S. Highway 2 east of Stevens Pass as well as Old State Route 209 ("Chumstick Road") between Leavenworth and the lake.
Washington State Parks has also closed entry to Lake Wenatchee State Park, the site of the primary boat launch on the lake.
"The sockeye fishery will open as scheduled, but anglers may have to wait for a few days to get to it," said Jeff Korth, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. "We strongly advise they check reports on fire and road conditions before they head out."
Sources of that information include:
Information on the upcoming sockeye fishery is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.