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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Icicle River spring chinook fishery will open May 21

The popular Icicle River spring chinook fishery will open May 21 to July 31, and with the huge snow pack in the mountains it might be better to go sooner than later.

The inseason run analyses predict that more than 9,000 spring chinook (6,000 adults, 3,500 jacks) will return to the Icicle River.

The daily limit will be three salmon with a minimum size of 12 inches.

The Icicle from the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam is where fishing will be allowed.

While upper Columbia River spring Chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the salmon returning to the Icicle River are Carson stock and not listed under the ESA.

About 1,000 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock. The 2011 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest.

Other rules include a night closure will be in effect. Release fish with one or more round holes punched in the tail of the fish (caudal fin).

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