July 20, 2004
Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715;
Or: Doug Williams, (360) 902-2256
Second day of sockeye fishing set for Lake Washington July 24
OLYMPIA – Anglers will have another opportunity to fish for sockeye salmon in Lake Washington on Saturday, July 24, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
WDFW and tribal salmon co-managers estimate the size of the Lake Washington sockeye run to be approximately 403,000 fish. The sockeye count through the Ballard Locks as of July 19 was 335,715 fish.
An estimated 13,800 anglers caught approximately 13,700 sockeye on Lake Washington during the July 17 fishery, said Tim Flint, WDFW statewide salmon manager. A similar one-day catch on July 24 would likely mean the end of recreational fishing opportunities for the year, Flint said.
The July 24 fishery will open at 4:41 a.m. (one hour before sunrise) and close at 9:50 p.m. (one hour after sunset). The daily limit is two sockeye of at least 15 inches in length. All other salmon must be safely released. Under freshwater fishing rules, anglers can only fish with one rod and must stop fishing once their personal daily limit is caught.
Fishing is closed within 100 yards of the floating bridges, and within a 1,000-foot radius from the mouth of the Cedar River.
Anglers must have a freshwater fishing license and salmon catch record card. Kept salmon must be immediately recorded on the catch record card.
WDFW maintains a Lake Washington sockeye salmon website, at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/sockeye/counts.htm on the Internet.
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