WDFW: Icicle River to open for hatchery spring Chinook salmon

By on May 15, 2024
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Action: Opens the Icicle River to retention of hatchery spring Chinook salmon.

Effective date: One hour before official sunrise on Thursday, May 16, to one hour after official sunset on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County).

  • From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth of the river to 500 feet downstream from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam, and;
  • 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 from the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).


  • Daily limit two hatchery Chinook (adult or jack). Minimum size is 12 inches.
  • Mandatory retention of hatchery Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook.
  • Night closure is in effect and motorized vessels are not allowed on the Icicle River (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 motorboat restrictions).
  • Two-pole endorsement not allowed in this fishery.

Reason for action: A robust return of spring Chinook forecasted to return to the Icicle River this spring is expected to be in excess of hatchery broodstock requirements. Fish that exceed broodstock needs at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery will be available for sport angler harvest.

Additional information:  This fishery will be monitored closely and could potentially close at any time if the non-treaty harvest share is met or if additional broodstock are needed.  Anglers are advised to check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ for updates.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, 509-665-3337 or Chad Jackson, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, 509-754-4624.

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