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Monday, July 28, 2014
By Dave Graybill
We had some windy and wet weather on Lake Wenatchee last week, and that was a hindrance for sockeye salmon anglers. We are passed that now and fishing just keeps getting better and better. They estimate that close to 35,000 sockeye have passed over Tumwater Dam, and is about half the projected run. The fish are bright and beautiful, and the average size is 3 or 4 pounds. On my most recent trip to Lake Wenatchee anglers were gathered at the very top end of the lake, where both the White River and Little Wenatchee River enter the lake. The depth sounder screen is often filled with fish from top to bottom. The most productive depth was between 30 and 40 feet on the downrigger. We also ran a third rod out the back with just a 5 ounce weight. Then we put out 36 pulls. This rod was the hottest of all three. Go figure. The State Park has never been closed, and the launch is busy. The ranger at the park asked me to remind anglers to follow the parking instructions, so the maximum number of boats can use this launch. Bright pink is still the best color for the hoochies, and remember no bait here.