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

September 29, 2020

Icicle River to open for coho salmon retention

Action: Opens retention of coho salmon.

Effective date: One hour before official sunrise on Oct. 1, through one hour after official sunset on Nov. 30, 2020.

Species affected: Coho salmon.


1) From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth of the river to 500 feet downstream from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

2) From the shoreline markers where Cyo Road intersects the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation Footbridge (approximately 750 feet upstream from the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).

Rules: Salmon daily limit two. Min. size 12 inches. Release all salmon other than coho. Fishing with bait is prohibited. Night closure in effect.

Reason for action: Coho are expected to return to the Icicle River in excess of hatchery broodstock needs and spawning escapement goals. This population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Additional information: Barbless hooks optional. Anglers may not use the two-pole endorsement in this fishery.

Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Icicle River (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions).

WDFW will be monitoring the fishery closely and may close the season early if necessary due to excessive incidental catch and release impacts to ESA-listed summer steelhead. For emergency rule updates, please visit https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, 509-665-3337; Chad Jackson, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, 509-754-4624, ext. 250

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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