Reiter Opens This Weekend For Steelheading

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE)

Reiter Ponds section of Skykomish River opens June 12

Action: Open the Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish River to recreational fishing.

Effective date: 8 a.m. June 12, 2010.

Species affected: All game fish, including steelhead.

GOT STEELIES? REITER PONDS APPARENTLY DOES, SO FISHERY MANAGERS ARE OPENING THE AREA JUNE 12, WELL BEFORE THE DATE LISTED IN THE FISHING REGULATIONS. WINSTON McCLANAHAN CAUGHT THIS SUMMER-RUN JUST BELOW THE TERMINAL FISHERY TODAY, AT PROCTOR CREEK. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

Location: Skykomish River from 1,500 feet upstream to 1,000 feet downstream of the Reiter Ponds Hatchery outlet.

Reason for action: The Reiter Ponds Hatchery has collected enough summer steelhead broodstock to meet production needs.

Other information: There is a night closure and anti-snagging rule in effect.  Also, fishing from a floating device is prohibited.

Dolly Varden/Bull Trout – minimum size 20″ – may be retained as part of trout daily limit.

All other trout – minimum size 14″, daily limit two.

Other game fish – statewide minimum size and daily limit. That information can be found on page 27 of the 2010-11 Fishing in Washington sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Public access through the Reiter Ponds Hatchery grounds is allowed daily between 6 a.m. and dusk. However on opening day fishing does not begin until 8 a.m. to ensure an orderly fishery. On Aug.1, this section of the Skykomish River reverts to rules listed in the sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 Fish Biologist (425) 775-1311.

USGS STREAM FLOWS FOR THE SKY NEAR REITER PONDS SHOW THE RIVER IS DROPPING TODAY AFTER NUMEROUS RAIN-FUELED BUMPS SINCE SEASON OPENED ON THE RIVER JUNE 1. (USGS)

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