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Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery to close

Sockeye salmon

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Sockeye salmon

— The sockeye salmon fishing season in Lake Wenatchee will close an hour after official sunset Sunday.

Spring Chinook listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act that are destined for the spawning grounds in the tributaries of the upper Wenatchee River are seeking refuge in the colder waters of Lake Wenatchee.

While sufficient numbers of harvestable sockeye remain in the lake, the number of endangered spring Chinook currently being incidentally caught and released is nearing the ESA take limit specific to the Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery.

Those needing more information can contact Travis Maitland, at 509-665-3337, at the Wenatchee District Office at 509-662-0452 and Jeff Korth at 509-754-4624.

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