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

June 19, 2013

Spring chinook sport fishery reopens on the Icicle River

Actions: Anglers will again be able to fish for and retain adipose fin clipped adult and jack spring chinook salmon on the Icicle River (Chelan Co.).

Effective dates: June 20, 2013 through July 31, 2013.

Daily limit: Daily limit two adipose fin clipped spring chinook (adult or jack), 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.

Reason for action: The river was closed temporarily to ensure meeting broodstock needs. Conditions over the past few days favored fish passage, and the remaining 400 adults needed for broodstock were obtained. There are still 500-1,000 spring chinook forecast, mostly 3 year old jacks, available for harvest.

Other Information: Night closure will be in effect. The regulation allowing 2-pole angling on the Columbia River is not in effect on the Icicle River. The Columbia River barbless hook requirement does not apply to the Icicle River.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Revenue from the CRSSE supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 ext. 224.

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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