Icicle River will not open for spring chinook fishing

Icicle River will not open for spring chinook fishing

Action: The Icicle River will not open for salmon fishing on May 15 as scheduled in the 2016-17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. The river will remain closed to salmon fishing.

Effective date:  May 15, 2017.

Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Effective Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County)

(1)  From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

(2)  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 of the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).

Reason for action:  Preseason forecasts and current in-season run analysis estimate the number of spring chinook salmon returning to the Icicle River may not be sufficient to meet broodstock collection goals (1,640 spawners) at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.  To avoid a potential broodstock shortage, it is necessary to close the upcoming salmon season at this time. WDFW will continue to monitor spring chinook salmon returns to the Icicle River and could open the season if numbers improve.  

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 ext. 224.


Spring chinook must be released on the Kalama River

Action: Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates: Feb. 17, 2014 until further notice.

Location: From boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet above the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (Kalama Falls).

Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 500 adult spring chinook to the Kalama River in 2014. The closure is necessary to provide enough fish to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 450 fish.

Other information: Kalama spring chinook returns will be closely monitored in-season.

The lower Kalama River remains open to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

Icicle (Creek) River


Chinook Salmon, Summer Run Steelhead, and Rainbow Trout
Southwest of Leavenworth
Take U.S.2 to Leavenworth, turn left on Icicle Road to parallel the lower end of the river. Icicle Road (Forest Service Road 7600) continues upstream some 15 miles past the national fish hatchery on the lower end of the creek.
Seven U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are scattered along the creek, all with campsites. Working upstream, Eightmile Campground has 45 sites, Bridge Creek has six, Johnny Creek has 56, Ida Creek Campground has 10, Chatter Creek Campground has 12, Rock Island Campground has 22, and Blackpine Creek Horse Camp has 8. There’s also a large private RV Resort and Campground about 3 miles up Icicle Road. Motels, Bed and Breakfast’s, gas, food, groceries and tackle are all located in the town of Leavenworth.
Fishing Icicle Creek:
Impressive returns of hatchery-run spring chinook salmon really put the Icicle River on the map in the 1990’s, but it also drew some large crowds. This river is basically about a two mile fishery and can get congested real easy. When it is hot, it can give up its share of 10 to 25 pound salmon, the vast majority of them in the month of May, and sometimes into June. When the season is open, all the usual spring fishing rigs work here. Steelhead fishing takes a backseat to salmon fishing here, despite some very generous plants of hatchery steelhead smolts. Steelheading is allowed in all months except April and May. Check your rules and regulations pamphlet.