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SKYKOMISH & WALLACE REOPEN FOR FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/14/2019

Skykomish and Wallace rivers reopen to fishing

Action:  Reopens the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing as described in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

The Wallace River will also be open from 200 feet downstream to 200 feet upstream of the salmon hatchery water intake with the following rules through Feb. 15:

Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20 inches, may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8 inches except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14 inches. Trout daily limit: 2. Other gamefish; statewide min. size/daily limit. Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

Effective date:  Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  

  • 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 have now collected enough early winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead release goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Wallace River Hatchery grounds are closed dusk through 7 a.m. daily.

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

PORTIONS OF SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS CLOSING TO FISHING

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.

Location:  

  • 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).

 

SKYKOMISH STEELHEAD FISHING

posted by Mike on 12/14/2017

This seasons Winter steelhead fishing on the Skykomish has been less than stellar so far this season. Here we are in mid December and we have seen just fair fishing at best. Part of the slowness has been due to the cooler low water conditions that we have had for the last week or so. Hopefully, we will start to see some rain tomorrow through the weekend and perhaps we'll see a bump in the water and bring in some fresh fish. Generally, we should see the best of our steelhead fishing on the Skykomish and Wallace from the middle of December through the middle of January. The best bet at the present time would be in the Reiter Ponds section of the Sky or the Wallace just below the hatchery. I would be sticking to small presentations due to the low clear & cold water. Might try tossing a spoon to provoke a strike.

WILD COHO MUST BE RELEASED ON THE SNOHOMISH RIVER SYSTEM

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.

Locations:

  • 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.

 

CLOSED SECTIONS OF SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVER REOPENS

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.

Locations:

  • 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.

PORTIONS OF THE SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS ARE CLOSING TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 12/29/2016

Skykomish near Reiter Ponds and Wallace River to close to fishing

Action: Close part of Wallace and Skykomish rivers to fishing.

Effective date: Fishing to close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 through Feb. 15, 2017.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

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

Reasons for action: The return of hatchery winter steelhead to Wallace and Reiter hatcheries for broodstock purposes are well below required numbers. The closures are necessary to protect adult hatchery fish holding near these WDFW hatchery facilities until they can be trapped to meet broodstock needs.

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

SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVER STEELHEAD

posted by Mike on 12/22/2016

We fially had some good reports coming in from both the Skykomish and Wallace Rivers today. We had a couple of guys in that both caught limits on the Wallace of nice bright Winter run steelhead. A few minutes latter I spoke with another angler that was up at Reiter and saw good numbers of fish being caught. He managed to hook five himself. With the bleak steelhead season that we have seen so far this season it's nice to see at least a day that is not too bad.

Salmon Closure For Snohomish River System

posted by Mike on 10/20/2015

Salmon fishing closes on Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, and Wallace rivers

 

Action: Closes the following areas to salmon fishing:

(1) Snohomish River (Snohomish County): From the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad bridges) of the Snohomish River upstream to the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers.

(2) Skykomish River: From the mouth upstream to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

(3) Snoqualmie River: From the mouth upstream to Snoqualmie Falls.

(4) Wallace River: From the mouth upstream to 200 feet above the water intake for the salmon hatchery.

Effective Date: Oct. 21, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Reason for action: The rule is necessary to protect returning coho runs to the Snohomish Watershed (permanent regulations are already in place requiring release of chinook and chum salmon, and the pink salmon returns have nearly concluded). In-season run size assessments conducted by state and tribal co-managers indicate that coho run sizes are significantly below pre-season forecasts in these rivers.

Other information: Non-retention of chum and chinook salmon is already in place per permanent rules. Game fish rules are unchanged and remain as specified in the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

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

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