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posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

Portions of Skykomish and Wallace rivers to close to fishing

Action:  Closes the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing.

Effective date:  Jan. 7, 2019 through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.


  • Skykomish River, from the mouth to the forks
  • Wallace River, from the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake. 

Reason for action:  The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries currently have less than half of the early winter steelhead broodstock on hand needed to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Fishing will reopen when egg take goals have been met.  The Snoqualmie, Snohomish rivers and tributaries remain open as described in the fishing rules pamphlet. 

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311 (ext. 107).



posted by Mike on 05/31/2018

There will be no lact of anglers in the Reiter Pond section of the Skykomish tomorrow, June 1st. It has been a long awaited opener for many steelhead anglers here in our area. The river is in great shape as the cooler weather we have had this week has slowed the snow melt in the mountains and the river is in prime shape. We should see some good fishing as the hatchery already has a good number of fish back to the hatchery complex and we have heard of good numbers of hatchery steelhead being caught off the Whibdey Island beaches this Spring.


If you are not into the crowds you can give other areas of the Sky a try as there will be fish scattered throughout the river. The Sullan, Monroe and Tualco areas are all good bets for the bank angler and boaters will be pounding the Wallace Flats and Sultan areas not only for Steelhead but Chinook also.


Make sure to glace though the regulations to be up to date.


There will be lots of guys out there tomorrow as we have had a good number of them in this week gearing up.


I'll post tomorrow and give you an idea of what was going on.


posted by Mike on 10/28/2017

Anglers must release all salmon except hatchery coho on
Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Wallace Rivers

Action: Release all salmon except for hatchery coho (marked with a clipped adipose fin) on the Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Wallace Rivers. 

Effective dates: Sunday, Oct. 29, through Dec. 31, 2017.

Species affected: All salmon.


  • Snohomish River, mouth confluence with Skykomish and Snoqualmie.
  • Skykomish River, mouth to confluence of North and South Forks.
  • Snoqualmie River, mouth to Snoqualmie Falls.
  • Wallace River, mouth to above hatchery water intake.

Reason for action: Spawning ground surveys, counts at the Sunset Falls trap, and Wallace Hatchery rack returns indicate that the run sizes of coho and pink salmon in the Snohomish watershed are well below pre-season forecasts. To protect future runs, spawning escapement goals must be met. Fisheries may be reopened if escapement goals are projected to be met.   

Additional information: Gamefish and trout remain open as described in the 2017-18 Fishing Rules Pamphlet. 

Information contact: WDFW, Mill Creek, Region 4 Office, (425) 775-1311.



posted by Mike on 10/19/2017

With the increase in water flows on both the Wallace and Skykomish recently we have seen some fairly good fishing for Coho on both streams. Today looks as if the Skykomish is toast with the rains yesterday and last night but the Wallace might be a good bet even though in might be just on the marginal edge. We'll just have to see what happens the next few days to see what the river will do, but when the water starts to drop and come into shape it should produce the best Coho fishing we will more than likely have this season.


I have seen some nice photos of customers fish the past couple of days and there were more than a few nice Coho in the pictures.


Twitching Jigs seemed to be some of the best producing lures for our customers with both Aero Twitching Jigs by Hawken Fishing as well as Coho Carnage and Twith-Blade Jigs by John's Jigs in 3/8 & 1/2 ounce models. Vibrex Spinners in size 3's and 4's have also been doing well. Many have been adding a small 1 1/2 to 2 inch squid to their spinner for additional attraction. Don't forget fishing eggs as when Coho are on them it's a technique that is hard to beat.


posted by Mike on 01/26/2017

Wallace River and Skykomish River
(near Reiter Ponds) re-open for fishing

Action: Re-opens portions of the Skykomish River around Reiter Ponds and the Wallace River to fishing for trout (steelhead) and gamefish.

Effective dates and times: Jan. 26 through Feb. 15, 2017.

Species affected: Trout and gamefish.


  • Skykomish River: From 1,500 feet upstream to 1,000 feet downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet.
  • Wallace River:  From the railroad trestle (downstream of Hwy 2 bridge) to 200 feet upstream of water intake at Wallace hatchery.

Other Information: Please refer to the 2016/2017 Washington Sport Fishing Rules regulation pamphlet for the current rules.

Reason for action:  This emergency rule is needed to reopen the Skykomish River near Reiter Ponds and the Wallace River. The winter steelhead egg take goals for the Snohomish hatcheries have now been met.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

Skykomish Steelhead

posted by Mike on 12/05/2014

Having the day off John went up to the Reiter Pond section of the Skykomish today to see what was going on. During the time he was there he saw around 20 steelhead hooked. He said it was nice to see that much action as overall we have not been hearing much of anything coming out of the local rivers. Usually, we see some fair numbers of steelhead being caught by Thanksgiving every year. Perhaps the fish are just a tad bit laet this season. We have been wondering if the fishing was goining to follow last years dismal season. I suppose we will just have to wait and see what the season brings. At least at present there are a few fish in the system.

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