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May 17, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Popular spring chinook fishery on Icicle River to open this Saturday

The Icicle River will open for spring chinook beginning this Saturday (May 19) as state Fish and Wildlife biologists have determined that enough fish will return to meet spawning escapement.

The in-season run size shows about 7,000 spring chinook are headed for the Icicle River to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. About 1,000 spring chinook are needed, and the excess fish will be available for sport anglers.

The fishery will remain 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.

The daily limit is two salmon with a minimum size of 12 inches.

There is a night closure in effect with no gear restrictions. The regulation allowing two-pole angling on the Columbia River DOES NOT APPLY to the Icicle River.

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