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Friday, August 11, 2017
By Dave Graybill
The big news this week is that there will not be a sockeye season this year on Lake Wenatchee. There was early hope for a season, when the peak of the run made it over Tumwater Dam. That peak turned out to be at about 18,000. More fish came over the dam in the following week, but the numbers were taping off quickly. Last Tuesday they finally reached just over 23,500, which is the escapement goal, and were only coming over Tumwater in double digits. At this rate it would take a couple of weeks to get to 25,000 for a possible season. The fish that had already reached the lake were “maturing” rapidly and would be in poor condition by that time. I am glad they made the call to not have a season. When you look at the numbers of sockeye that made it over Bonneville Dam, which includes both the Wenatchee and Okanogan runs, I feel we are fortunate to have reached escapement. I am happy to miss a season of sockeye fishing on Lake Wenatchee when it helps assure a future fishery. I also hope that enough sockeye make it to the hatchery in B.C. to sustain that run of sockeye.