Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 10, 2004

Spring chinook salmon fishing to open May 15 on the Icicle River

Action: Open salmon fishing in Icicle River from 400 feet upstream of mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Rack.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. May 15, 2004 through one hour after sunset July 31, 2004.

Species affected: Spring chinook

Location: Icicle River, Chelan County

Reason for action: In-season run analyses predict that 10,000 salmon are currently in route to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia spring chinook have been listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act, the salmon returning to the Icicle River are Carson River stock fish that are not listed as endangered. About 1,000 -1,200 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock needs. The quantity of salmon returning in 2004 ensures that the hatchery will meet their escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest.

Other information: The daily catch limit is two salmon, with a minimum size of 12 inches. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect.

Information contact: Heather Bartlett (509) 826-7341, or Art Viola (509) 665-3337

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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