KIMBERLY & BOBBY LOOMIS, RICHY HARROD OF HARROD'S OUTDOORS, AND KELSEY HILLDEBRAND SLAYED THE SOCKEYE AT LAKE WENATCHEE. (BOBBY LOOMIS)

First Blood At Lake Wenatchee; 2,100 Caught Over The Weekend

UPDATED 2:02 p.m. 8-6-12: Didn’t take long to get the first sockeye pics from Lake Wenatchee, which opened this past weekend for salmon fishing.

Reader Scott Fletcher reports that he, his son Tyler and a friend all limited on Saturday.

“We caught nine sockeye using two #1 red hooks and one #1 green hook behind a 0 dodger,” reports Scott. “We caught most of the fish at 30 feet down. Most were between 3 and 4.8 pounds, but I caught one that was 6 pounds and 24.8 inches long.”

TYLER FLETCHER WITH ONE OF NINE SOCKEYE THAT HE, HIS DAD AND A FAMILY FRIEND ICED DOWN ON SATURDAY'S OPENER. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

He went back on Sunday with the friend and they caught six more on the same setup.

Meanwhile, Bobby Loomis of Mack’s Lures reports that he and three other anglers had their limits in an hour and twenty minutes on the opener and were off the lake by 7 a.m. sharp.

“The fish ran a little bit bigger on the average than the fish at Brewster. It was good! We used the Double D Dodger and the Double Whammy Sockeye Rig,” Loomis says.

On Sunday it took two hours longer to land a limit of 15 sockeye for the five people on the boat.

“Product of the day: Double D Dodgers, both 7.6” and the 4.4” in Silver and Pink, coupled with Double Whammy Sockeye Rigs,” says Loomis.

He adds that the lake wasn’t too crowded either, pointing towards the Brewster derby and salmon action on the Upper Columbia as well as the Wenatchee River summer Chinook opener. That’s a good thing what with the limited boat ramp facilities at the state park, at the lake’s east end, and the small Forest Service launch on the south shore.

BOBBY & KIMBERLY LOOMIS AND KELSEY HILDEBRAND OF HIGH MOUNTAIN SPORTS SHOW OFF SOME OF THEIR LAKE WENATCHEE SOCKEYE FROM SATURDAY'S OPENER. (BOB LOOMIS)

That’s how it went for many of this weekend’s anglers.

“It was largely limits for everybody,” says WDFW biologist Travis Maitland in Wenatchee. “For the opener it was 2.6 fish per angler. For the second day, it was two and a half.”

Fish numbers past Tumwater Dam haven’t been updated with the latest video counts from Chelan PUD, but he says that at least 32,000 have gone through — with a couple 6,000-fish days — but the run is now slowing down.

Still, there’s a nice surplus of salmon for anglers.

“We harvested about 2,100 fish for the weekend,” Maitland notes.

KIMBERLY & BOBBY LOOMIS, RICHY HARROD OF HARROD OUTDOORS, AND KELSEY HILLDEBRAND SLAYED THE SOCKEYE AT LAKE WENATCHEE. (BOBBY LOOMIS)

Season is slated to run through Aug. 31 under selective gear rules and night closures. Managers expect 30,000-plus sockeye back to the lake. Chinook, steelhead and bull trout must, of course, be released, as well as all sockeye with floy, or anchor, tags, and round holes punched in their tail fin — fish that are part of an ongoing WDFW study.