Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 17, 2012

Salmon fishing opens on the Icicle River

Actions: Opens salmon fishing on the Icicle River (Chelan County).

Daily limit: Daily limit two salmon, minimum size 12 inches.

Species affected: Spring chinook salmon.

Location: Icicle River, from the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Effective dates: May 19, 2012 through July 31, 2012.

Reason for action: In-season run analysis has predicted that about 7,000 salmon are currently enroute to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring Chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the salmon returning to the Icicle River are a non-endemic stack returning to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and are not listed under the ESA. About 1,000 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock. The 2012 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest. Steelhead have also finished spawning and cleared the river prior to the season.

Other Information: Night closure will be in effect. No gear restrictions are in effect. The regulation allowing 2-pole angling on the Columbia River DOES NOT APPLY to the Icicle River.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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