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I'm heading to Leavenworth this weekend. I tried to check the regs and get a person on the phone, but I'm still a bit confused. Is trout fishing open below the hatchery to the Wenatchee?
 

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I think part of it is not knowing where Leland Creek happens to be or finding it on the map.

Thank you.
The regs for streams are always listed starting at the most downstream open water and going upstream. I am not sure exactly where Leland Creek is either, but it surely is upstream of the hatchery because of the listing convention. (and I know for a fact it isn't downstream)
 

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The regs for streams are always listed starting at the most downstream open water and going upstream. I am not sure exactly where Leland Creek is either, but it surely is upstream of the hatchery because of the listing convention. (and I know for a fact it isn't downstream)
Thank you. I'm definitely in the clear then.
 

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I live here. Never is it open for trout below the hatchery. Above, it's mostly private property until you get around the Snow Creek parking lot. Thanks to the cool weather though, it may be low enough to fish. Not to wade though. Access is difficult, as there are only a few places where you can actually fish. The Icicle Gorge trail would be a possibility-on the South side of the creek. If you don't mind a 1.5 mile one way hike, you can get to the confluence of French and Icicle, and it's possible it might be fishable for about 200 meters or so below the confluence.

the problem is, it's running too high to safely wade fish, and you won't find a lot of places to cast since the trees grow right down onto the stream. There's still PLENTY of snow up high, and if it's at all warm, that will mean a lot of runoff. Salmon fishing is now going on in the Wenatchee, but it's very very slow right now. We had a few sprinkles of rain today, and that might bring the fish upstream, but who knows. And wading in it is pretty much a death wish. fishing the lakes is a possibility, but you'll need a float tube or some other way to get out there. Fish Lake comes to mind immediately. Lake Wenatchee, not so much.
 

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I live here. Never is it open for trout below the hatchery. Above, it's mostly private property until you get around the Snow Creek parking lot. Thanks to the cool weather though, it may be low enough to fish. Not to wade though. Access is difficult, as there are only a few places where you can actually fish. The Icicle Gorge trail would be a possibility-on the South side of the creek. If you don't mind a 1.5 mile one way hike, you can get to the confluence of French and Icicle, and it's possible it might be fishable for about 200 meters or so below the confluence.

the problem is, it's running too high to safely wade fish, and you won't find a lot of places to cast since the trees grow right down onto the stream. There's still PLENTY of snow up high, and if it's at all warm, that will mean a lot of runoff. Salmon fishing is now going on in the Wenatchee, but it's very very slow right now. We had a few sprinkles of rain today, and that might bring the fish upstream, but who knows. And wading in it is pretty much a death wish. fishing the lakes is a possibility, but you'll need a float tube or some other way to get out there. Fish Lake comes to mind immediately. Lake Wenatchee, not so much.
Thank you! I have my stuff with me and I'm staying right on the river above the hatchery. I'll find a way to throw a line for at least a couple of hours. It's a family trip, so probably not going to get much time.

I appreciate all the info.
 

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I live here. Never is it open for trout below the hatchery. Above, it's mostly private property until you get around the Snow Creek parking lot. Thanks to the cool weather though, it may be low enough to fish. Not to wade though. Access is difficult, as there are only a few places where you can actually fish. The Icicle Gorge trail would be a possibility-on the South side of the creek. If you don't mind a 1.5 mile one way hike, you can get to the confluence of French and Icicle, and it's possible it might be fishable for about 200 meters or so below the confluence.

the problem is, it's running too high to safely wade fish, and you won't find a lot of places to cast since the trees grow right down onto the stream. There's still PLENTY of snow up high, and if it's at all warm, that will mean a lot of runoff. Salmon fishing is now going on in the Wenatchee, but it's very very slow right now. We had a few sprinkles of rain today, and that might bring the fish upstream, but who knows. And wading in it is pretty much a death wish. fishing the lakes is a possibility, but you'll need a float tube or some other way to get out there. Fish Lake comes to mind immediately. Lake Wenatchee, not so much.
This the most helpful informative post I have read in some time! I wish there more positive helpful posts like this from more people instead of the normal, " Go fish and find out for yourself" lol Same goes for freestone, she actually gave relevant data that would help to know fishing conditions. I like this thread.... I like this thread a lot ;)
 

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Thank you! I have my stuff with me and I'm staying right on the river above the hatchery. I'll find a way to throw a line for at least a couple of hours. It's a family trip, so probably not going to get much time.

I appreciate all the info.
From what alex said, just a friendly reminder to make sure you have a wading staff or pickup a sturdy stick when you are fishing. I took my dog on a hike last weekend along a rushing mountain stream and when I would enter the water, I was reminded just how slick and dangerous a river can be when its running high. Good luck, let us know if any lips find your hook
 

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You are definitely right on the money. It's really thumping. Alpine lake tomorrow instead.
I live here. Never is it open for trout below the hatchery. Above, it's mostly private property until you get around the Snow Creek parking lot. Thanks to the cool weather though, it may be low enough to fish. Not to wade though. Access is difficult, as there are only a few places where you can actually fish. The Icicle Gorge trail would be a possibility-on the South side of the creek. If you don't mind a 1.5 mile one way hike, you can get to the confluence of French and Icicle, and it's possible it might be fishable for about 200 meters or so below the confluence.

the problem is, it's running too high to safely wade fish, and you won't find a lot of places to cast since the trees grow right down onto the stream. There's still PLENTY of snow up high, and if it's at all warm, that will mean a lot of runoff. Salmon fishing is now going on in the Wenatchee, but it's very very slow right now. We had a few sprinkles of rain today, and that might bring the fish upstream, but who knows. And wading in it is pretty much a death wish. fishing the lakes is a possibility, but you'll need a float tube or some other way to get out there. Fish Lake comes to mind immediately. Lake Wenatchee, not so much.
 
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