Icicle River to open for hatchery spring Chinook

May 12, 2023

Action: Opens the Icicle River to retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

Effective date: One hour before official sunrise on Tuesday, May 16, to one hour after official sunset on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Species affected: Chinook Salmon.

Locations: Icicle River (Chelan Co.)

  1. 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;
  1. 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 three hatchery Chinook (adult or jack). Minimum size 12”. 
  • 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 not allowed in this fishery.

Reason for action: A large return of spring Chinook is forecasted to return to the Icicle River this spring. 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 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.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call toll free 866-880-5431.

Request this information in an alternative format or language at wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation, 833-855-1012, TTY (711), or CivilRightsTeam@dfw.wa.gov.