(Ryan Hagerty / USFWS)

OLYMPIA- Icicle River in Chelan County will close Chinook Salmon fishing this spring, according to a press release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The current plan to is keep the river fishing closed from May 15 to July 31.

The affected area is from the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. It will also effect from the shoreline markers where Cyo Road intersects the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation Footbridge.

The reason for the closure is to boost the numbers of the Chinook Salmon, which are currently projected not to meet broodstock needs. The WDFW found it necessary to close the river at this time so the 2020 season wouldn’t suffer.

This season isn’t a total loss yet. The WDFW will keep its eye on the spring chinook salmon returns. Should numbers improve and the broodstock collection goals are met, a season will be opened.

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