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Date 02-Jun-16
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Conditions : North Central Washington: Spring Chinook: The Icicle River in Chelan County has been open since May 16 for hatchery spring chinook salmon fishing. Travis Maitland, WDFW Wenatchee district fish biologist, reports that fishing has been relatively slow, but he expects it to pick up this month.

The fishery is open on the Icicle in two portions: from the closure signs 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam, and from the closure signs upstream of the hatchery where Cyo Road would intersect river at Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation District footbridge (about 750 feet upstream of the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).

Warmwater species: June is usually a good month to fish Banks Lake, the Columbia River reservoir that stretches from Coulee City at the south to Electric City at the north, especially for bass. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass are available, along with rainbow trout, walleye, kokanee, yellow perch, and black crappie.

Potholes Reservoir, south of the city of Moses Lake in Grant County, and Moses Lake right in town, are also good spots for smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing this month. Walleye fishing at both of these big waters can also be good in June.

Free Fishing Weekend: June 11-12 no license is required to fish in any waters open to fishing statewide. No vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by WDFW. This is a great time for experienced anglers to introduce friends or family to this outdoor activity, or for those who used to fish to get back into the sport.

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