Action: Close the Icicle River to salmon fishing.
Effective date: May 15 through July 31, 2019.
Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon.
Location: Icicle River (Chelan County)
- From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
- 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 of the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).
Reason for action: The number of spring chinook returning to the Icicle River is not projected to meet broodstock needs (1,000 spawners) at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. To avoid a potential broodstock shortage and/or a reduced release of fish from the hatchery in 2020, it is necessary to close the fishery at this time.
The WDFW will monitor spring chinook salmon returns to the Icicle River and if numbers improve and broodstock collection goals are met, a season will be opened.
Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337; Chad Jackson, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 ext.250.