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

June 18, 2013

Spring chinook sport fishery to close on the Icicle River

Action: Close the Icicle River (Chelan Co.) to fishing for hatchery spring chinook.

Effective time and date: One hour after official sunset on June 19, 2013.

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.

Reason for action: Previous in-season run analysis predicted that about 4,000 salmon were en route to the Icicle River. Current in-season run analysis has reduced that estimate to 3,000 or fewer. Currently, the majority of these fish are thought to have entered the Icicle River. About 1,400 salmon (1,000 to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and 400 to Colville Confederated Tribes Chief Joseph Hatchery) are needed to meet hatchery broodstock collection goals. The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has currently collected only about 1,000 spring chinook for this purpose. To assist in preventing a potential shortage of spring chinook needed in the broodstock requirement, it is necessary to close the sport fishery at this time.

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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