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

June 4, 2003

Changes in Icicle River fishing area

Action: Close fishing in Icicle River from mouth to 400 feet upstream

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. June 6, 2003 through one hour after sunset July 31, 2003

Species affected: Spring chinook

Location: Icicle River, Chelan County

Reason for action: The current regulation allows fishing for non-native Carson stock spring chinook in Icicle River from 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery rack to the mouth. However, anglers have been anchoring near the mouth and casting and fishing in the Wenatchee River, which is closed to angling, and taking native Wenatchee stock spring chinook which are listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. This illegal activity has increased over the past four years in spite of efforts to educate anglers and enforce the Wenatchee closure. In 2002, as many as six, and possibly more, of the listed stock were taken in this area. This season has been particularly troublesome to managers charged with protecting endangered Wenatchee spring chinook. Closure of the lower 400 feet of Icicle River would prevent encroachment of anglers into the Wenatchee River and better protect endangered stocks. Angling is still permitted from the hatchery rack downstream to 400 feet from the Icicle River mouth.

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

Information contact: Joe Foster (509) 754-4624, 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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