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

May 19, 2006

Spring chinook fishing begins Friday, May 26 on Icicle River

Action: Open salmon fishing on the Icicle River (Chelan County).

Effective dates: May 26, 2006 through July 31, 2006.

Species affected: Chinook

Location: Icicle River, from 400 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery rack.

Reason for action: In-season run analyses predict that about 3,000 salmon are currently enroute to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the salmon returning to the Icicle River are not listed under the ESA. About 1,000 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock needs, and the 2006 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest.

Other Information: Daily limit two salmon, minimum size 12 inches. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions will be in effect.

Information contact: Ami Wickenhagen (509) 662-0452, 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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