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Icicle River fishing to open, Ringold fishery to close

SALMON FISHING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced the following bulletin on spring chinook salmon seasons:

The Icicle River will open to spring chinook salmon fishing on Saturday with a season that could run through July 31.

Ringold bank fishing for spring chinook on the Columbia River will close Friday at 9 p.m.

Read on for the details of each announcement.

  • Spring chinook salmon fishing opens on the Icicle River

Action: Opens salmon fishing on the Icicle River (Chelan County)

Effective dates: May 21, 2011 through July 31, 2011

Daily limit: Daily limit three salmon, minimum size 12 inches. 

Location: Icicle River, from the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Reason for action: In-season run analyses predict that over 9,000 salmon (6,000 adults, 3,500 jacks) will return to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring Chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the salmon returning to the Icicle River are Carson stock and not listed under the ESA.  About 1,000 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock. The 2011 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest.

Other information:  Night closure will be in effect.  Release fish with one or more round holes punched in the tail of the fish (caudal fin). 

  • Ringold area spring chinook bank fishery closes

Action:  Close the bank fishery for hatchery spring chinook.

Effective date:  9:00 p.m. May 20, 2011

 Location:  Waters of the Columbia River adjacent to Ringold Springs Rearing Facility (RSRF) in Franklin Co. from the WDFW markers ¼ mile downstream of the Ringold irrigation wasteway outlet to the markers ½ mile upstream of Ringold Springs Creek (hatchery outlet). 

Reason for action:  Returns of spring chinook to Ringold Springs Rearing Facility (RSRF) in 2011 have failed to meet expectations.  No spring Chinook have been observed in the hatchery trap and very few RSRF age 5 (brood year 2006) chinook have been observed in the sport harvest since the fishery opened on May 1. 

Other information:  Fishing remains open through the end of legal hours on Wednesday, May 20, 2011 until 9:00 p.m.

Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the current WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at  for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500; press 2 for recreational rules; call the Shellfish Rule Change hotline, (360) 796-3215, or toll free 1 (866) 880-5431.

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.