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Monday, May 15, 2017
By Dave Graybill
Well, it is official. If you haven’t heard there will not be a spring salmon season on the Icicle River this year. This should come as no surprise for those who have seen the earlier season forecasts, which predicted barely enough fish to provide the hatchery with enough fish for spawning. Also, this year’s return of spring salmon is the latest on record. If you check the Fish Counts over Bonneville the run, and it appears to have hit its peak, didn’t quite get to the ten year average before it took a dive. I live in Leavenworth and have enjoyed many great days on the Icicle. Not only is it a special fishery for these prized springers, it is one of the most scenic floats in the state. The spring salmon aren’t the only runs that have been impacted by the poor ocean conditions that we’ve experienced. Hopefully this is behind us and we can expect more robust returns in the near future. In the mean time there is some great fishing going on right now in the region. Lake Chelan continues to be terrific for kokanee and the walleye bite is finally taking off on our area reservoirs.