Salmon fishing on the Icicle River will open Friday. In announcing the opening this morning, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the season would run through July 31.
An in-season analysis has predicted about 6,000salmon are currently en route to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the salmon returning to the Icicle River are a non-endemic stock returning to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and are not listed under the ESA, said a department news release.
About 1,600 salmon are needed to meet hatchery brood stock requirements. The 2014 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs and the remaining fish will be available for harvest.
The daily limit is two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook (adult or jack), minimum size 12 inches.
Fishing will be allowed from the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
A night closure will be in effect, but no gear restrictions are in effect.
Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for the agency to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.