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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Icicle River spring chinook opener good, but has slowed down since then

The Icicle River spring chinook fishery has been open since May 22, and surprisingly the action started off fairly well, but has petered out since then.

“The fishing was pretty good the first couple of days [after it opened May 22], but it has slowed way down since then,” said Art Viola, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Wenatchee. “River conditions are becoming high and off color from the warmer weather. I’m sure it’ll pick up, but I am not sure when.”

Fishing is open through July 31 from the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. Daily limit is two salmon with a minimum size of 12 inches.

The in-season run prediction says about 5,000 salmon are destined to the Icicle River. About 1,000 are needed to meet hatchery broodstock.

Other rules include a night closure will be in effect. Release fish with one or more holes (round, approximately quarter-inch in diameter) punched in the tail of the fish (caudal fin). These fish are part of a study and have been anesthetized; the FDA requires a 21 day ban on consumption of these fish.

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