Waterfall on the upper Icicle Creek

Waterfall on the upper Icicle Creek.

OLYMPIA — a change in this season's fishing rules means Chinook salmon anglers can head out on the Icicle River near Leavenworth starting Saturday morning.

The hatchery salmon season, initially suspended for this year amid concerns over low salmon return numbers, starts one hour before sunrise and runs until one hour after sunset July 31, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday. The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery recently met its broodstock production goals, the state agency said.

Fishers looking to cast their lines can put in 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery dam, all the day to the closure signs located 800 feet upstream from the river mouth where it joins the Wenatchee River. There are roughly 100 spring Chinook available for harvest, most of them three years old.

The season only applies to hatchery Chinook, marked by a missing adipose fin. All other Chinook must be released unharmed. The river is closed to night fishing, and no motorized vessels are allowed on the Icicle. The catch is limited to one adult or jack hatchery Chinook no smaller than 12 inches.

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