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

May 7, 2003

Spring chinook salmon fishing to open May 16 on the Icicle River

Action: The Icicle River will open for spring chinook fishing.

Effective Date: May 16 through July 31, 2003

Species affected: Chinook

Location: From 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Rack down river to the mouth of the Icicle River.

Reason for action: In-season run analyses predict that 6,500 - 7,500 salmon are currently in route to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia spring chinook have been listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act, salmon returning to the Icicle River are Carson River stock fish that are not listed. About 1,000 -1,200 chinook are needed to meet hatchery broodstock needs and the remainder are available for harvest.

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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