WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 30, 2004
Contact: Tim Flint, (360) 902-2728

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It's still too early to set Lake Washington sockeye season

OLYMPIA - Anglers eager to fish for sockeye salmon in Lake Washington will have to wait a little longer for word of a possible season.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribal salmon managers met Wednesday (June 30) to review the progress of this year's Lake Washington sockeye salmon run and determined that it is too early to accurately estimate the total run size, said Tim Flint, WDFW statewide salmon manager.

Through June 29, more than 91,000 sockeye salmon had been counted at the Ballard Locks fish ladder. Fisheries managers say the total run size estimate must be greater than 350,000 fish in order to set fishing seasons. The preseason forecast called for a total run size of approximately 486,000 sockeye.

No sport or tribal commercial fisheries for Lake Washington sockeye salmon are scheduled at this time. However, Flint said a small amount of tribal ceremonial and subsistence fishing will occur this week.

The salmon co-managers will meet July 6 to review run size data. Another announcement on the possibility of sockeye fisheries will be made following the July 6 meeting.

Daily counts of Lake Washington sockeye from the Ballard Locks are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/sockeye/counts.htm on the Internet.