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SKYKOMISH RIVER TO OPEN FOR CHINOOK MAY 25TH

posted by Mike on 05/06/2019

The Skykomish River to open May 25 to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon

Action:  The Skykomish River will open to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon on May 25 (the Saturday before Memorial Day) to coincide with the gamefish season. 

Effective dates:  May 25 through July 31, 2019.

Species affected:  Hatchery chinook salmon.

Location:  Skykomish River, mouth to the mouth of the Wallace River; salmon, open the Saturday before Memorial Day through July 31.

Rules:  Minimum size 12”, daily limit 4 hatchery chinook only 2 of which may be adults. 

Reason for action: Coordinate the seasons between gamefish and chinook. 

Additional information: This fishery was agreed to during from the North of Falcon salmon-season setting process. Gamefish rules are as described in the pamphlet and are already covered under permanent rules.

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

CLARIFICATION OF FISHING REGULATIONS FOR SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS

posted by Mike on 02/01/2019

Clarifies fishing rules on the Skykomish and Wallace rivers

Action: Clarifies fishing regulations on the Skykomish and Wallace rivers. A rule change dated Jan. 14, 2019, provided confusing information on the use of a floating device in those rivers. The prohibition of the use of a floating device applies only to the Wallace River and one section of the Skykomish River.

Regulations are as listed below.

Effective date: Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected: All species.

Locations and rules:
Skykomish River: Rules as described in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

  • From mouth to mouth of the Wallace River: closed to fishing.
  • From the mouth of the Wallace River to the forks: Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20", may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8" except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14". Trout daily limit: 2. In the section from 1,000' downstream to 1,500' upstream of Reiter Ponds outlet fishing from any floating device prohibited.

Wallace River:

  • From the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake: Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20", may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8" except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14"'. Trout daily limit: 2. Other gamefish; statewide min. size/daily limit. Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

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).

Fishers must have a current W

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).

 

SNOHOMISH,SNOQUALMIE, SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVER SALMON FISHING RULES TO CHANGE

posted by Mike on 09/27/2018

Salmon fishing rules to change on Snohomish,
Snoqualmie, Skykomish and Wallace rivers  

Action:  Closes all salmon fishing in the following areas: Snohomish River, Snoqualmie River, and the Skykomish River upstream of the Wallace River.

In addition, all salmon must be released except for marked hatchery coho on the Wallace River and the Skykomish River from the mouth to the Wallace River.

Effective date:  Sept. 29 through Nov. 15, 2018.

Species affected:  Salmon.

Location:  Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and Wallace rivers.

Reason for action:  In-season run size updates indicate that the Snohomish wild coho run is lower than the pre-season forecast. These measures are needed to protect future runs of coho by increasing chances wild spawner escapement goals are met.  

Additional information: Areas that remain open for salmon have a daily limit of two fish, release all salmon other than hatchery coho. Gamefish remain open in these rivers as described in the 2018-19 Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

For the Wallace River, the area between the hatchery weir and 400 feet downstream of the weir remains closed until the weir is removed.   

If coho salmon abundance improves, fisheries may be reopened. 

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

 

SNOHOMISH, SKYKOMISH & SNOQUALMIE RIVERS OPEN FOR SALMON

posted by Mike on 09/13/2018

The Snohomish system is opening two weeks later this season and closing earlier also. The system will open this Sunday, 16th of September and will remain open until November 15th. Limit is 2 fish with a min length of 12 inches. You must release all Chinook and Chum salmon, so it is really only open for Coho. Remember that the Snoqualmie is a selective fishery which means barbless single hooks on your lures and "NO" bait or scents. Take a few minutes to read though your regulation phamplet to refresh yourself with the current regulations before you venture forth.

 

There are a few Coho in the system at the present time, so you do have a reasonable chance of getting into some fish on the opener.

 

We have lots of Coho gear in stock

SNOHOMISH RIVER SYSTEM OPENS FOR STEELHEAD

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.

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.

DECEMBER IS HERE - START OF THE WINTER STEELHEAD SEASON

posted by Mike on 12/01/2017

Though steelheading isn't what it used to be, there are still some opportunities for thse that are willing to put in some time on a few of the local rivers or to travel to SW Washington or the coast.

Locally, the best chance of hooking up with a steelhead is to fish the Snohomish system, with the Skykomish and the Wallace Rivers producing the best chance at a fish. To a lesser extent the Snoqualimie River will also produce a few hatchery steelhead. These are the only rivers here in North Puget Sound that will give you a chance of catching a hatchery steelhead. Next year we should see some of our areas streams come back on line with some hatchery fish.

Prior to the past high water event we did see a few winter steelhead being caught in the Reiter Ponds section of the Sky as well as an odd fish on the Wallace. However, since the high water we have seen very few fish being caught. Hopefully, we sould see some improvement in the upcoming couple of weeks. Don't expect a real gang buster season as the plant numbers have not been extremely high, nor has been the % of returns upon those plants. Ocean survival has not been very good due to quite a number of factors.

Make sure to read your regulations very carefully this year as there are quite changes that have occured this season.

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.

 

WALLACE & SKYKOMISH RIVER COHO

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.

SKYKOMISH RIVER STEELHEAD & KINGS

posted by Mike on 06/03/2017

The reports that we have been getting from the Reiter Pond section of the Skykomish have been good. There were a number of limits of steelhead caught opening day on both the Reiter side and Highway side of the river. The river was on the high side and pushing a lot of water. With the water as high as it was it did limit folks to where they could fish. We spoke to a couple of the guys that floated from High Bridge down to Sultan and they to also conected to fish. Those that fished between Sultan and Monroe also ended up finding some fish. We heard of a number of steelhead plus a couple of very respectable kings weighing in at 20 & 27 pounds, which are very nice fish by Skykomish standards.

 

Fishing should be good for quite some time to come.

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 Winter Steelhead

posted by Mike on 11/28/2016

We have been hearing and seeing a few Winter steelhead showing up on both the Skykomish and Wallace Rivers over the past few days. Would not say the the fishing is spectacular, but at least there are a few nice fish being caught. Overall, we are not expecting a banner season locally as this is the first year of no steelhead plants on most of the Puget Sound streams. The Snohomish system is the only one we are expecting any hatchery returns to this winter. Not only is this the only local stream that will have a hatchery return but the numbers returning are less than stellar. WDFW's plants of hatchery steelhead have been dramatically reduced due to the Federal requirements to reduce the impacts of hatchery fish upon wild and legal problems a few years back with the Wild Fish Conservancy in Duval. This will be a year not to expect much locally and to plan a good number of trips elsewhere in the state.

ADDITIONAL FISHING OPPORTUNITES FOR SNOHOMISH SYSTEM

posted by Mike on 10/21/2016

Snohomish, Skykomish and Wallace rivers to open
for gamefish;
coho fishing season extended

Action: Opens the Snohomish River, the Skykomish River and the Wallace River to fishing for gamefish beginning Oct. 22. Extends the coho fisheries on these three rivers through Nov. 30.

Species affected: Coho salmon and gamefish.

Reason for action: State and tribal co-managers had agreed to limited coho fisheries, Oct. 11 through Oct. 31, on these rivers but kept the rivers closed to fishing for gamefish. The co-managers agree that the coho return is strong enough to extend the coho fisheries through Nov. 30 and open gamefish fisheries on Oct. 22, rather than Nov. 1, as scheduled.

Effective locations and dates:

Snohomish River (Snohomish County) from the mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad bridges), including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways, but excluding all tributaries, upstream to the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers. Open for gamefish Oct. 22. Open for coho fishing through Nov. 30.

Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the confluence with the Wallace River. Open for gamefish Oct. 22. Open for coho fishing through Nov. 30. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 from the boat ramp below Lewis St. Bridge at Monroe to a point 2,500 feet downstream from the ramp, and from 1,000 feet downstream of the Reiter Ponds outlet to 1,500 feet upstream.

Wallace River from the mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to 200 feet upstream of the hatchery water intake. Open for gamefish Oct. 22. Open for coho fishing through Nov. 30. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited on the Wallace River from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30.

Rules:

  • Night closure in effect (fishing is open from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset).
  • Anti-snagging rules apply.
  • Salmon: Minimum size 12 inches; daily limit 2 coho only.
  • Dolly Varden/Bull Trout:  Min. size 20". May be retained as part of the trout daily limit.
  • Other trout: Minimum size 14". Daily limit 2.
  • Other gamefish rules, including statewide minimum size/daily limits apply.
  • Sturgeon: Catch and release is allowed. When fishing for sturgeon, all other sturgeon rules apply (see page 14 of the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Pamphlet).

Information contact: Region 4, Mill Creek Office, Jennifer Whitney; Jennifer.Whitney@dfw.wa.gov(425) 775-1311, ext. 107.

SNOHOMISH, SKYKOMISH & WALLACE OPEN FOR COHO

posted by Mike on 10/10/2016

 

Snohomish, Skykomish and Wallace rivers to open for coho salmon fishing

 

Action: Opens the Snohomish River, the Skykomish River downstream of the Wallace River, and the Wallace River to the fishing for coho salmon through Oct. 31.

Effective dates and times: Open to coho fishing Oct. 11 through Oct. 31. Night closure in effect (fishing is open from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset).

Species affected: Coho salmon.

Locations: Snohomish River (Snohomish County) from the mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad bridges), including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways, but excluding all tributaries, upstream to confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers.

Skykomish River from mouth upstream to the confluence with the Wallace River.

Wallace River from mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to 200 feet upstream of the hatchery water intake.

Rules:

Night closure.

Anti-snagging rules apply.

Salmon, minimum size 12 inches, daily limit 2 coho only.

All species other than coho must be released. Catch and release of Sturgeon is allowed; when fishing for Sturgeon, all other Sturgeon Rules apply ? see page 14 of the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Pamphlet.

Reason for action: The rivers were originally closed to all fishing under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. The co-managers agree that the coho return is strong enough to support limited sport and tribal fisheries. The co-managers will continue to monitor this fishery and may make adjustments in the coming weeks.

Additional Information: The Skykomish River from the Gold Bar/Big Eddy access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) to the confluence of the North and South Forks remains open to fishing for trout (steelhead) and gamefish as described in a Sept. 28 Emergency Regulation.

Information contact: Region 4, Mill Creek Office, (425) 775-1311, ext. 0.

SKYKOMISH RIVER REPORTS FOR STEELHEAD AND CHINOOK

posted by Mike on 06/27/2016

With the Skykomish being closed to fishing since the first of June everyone was jumping at the bit when the news came down this past Friday that the river was reopened. Many droped everything they were doing and went to the river anticipating that the fishing would be fantistic as fish would be stacked up with the additional time in which the river was closed. We did hear of fish being caught though it was not as everyone had anticipated. There were some steelhead caught in the Reiter Pond / Cable Hole section of the river, but not overly exciting for opening weekend.  A few of the guys targeted Chinook in the middle and lower sections of the river and some managed to connect.  One guide that I know managed to get 8 Chinook and 4 steelhead for his clients out of this section of the river one day this weekend.

 

Though fishing was not super productive at least we finally have the opprotunity to fish. Remember that August 31 will be the last of the fishing on the Snohomish system. It will be closed in September and Octoober to protect the few Coho that are returing.

Skykomish Winter Steelhead - November 25th, 2015

posted by Mike on 11/25/2015

We are seeing some winter steelhead action in the Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish since this past weekend. By all means the fishing has not been fast and furious, but at least we are seeing a few landed. Thanksgiving has alwasys been the kick off with the first winter steelhead of the season being caught. Seems we are right on schedule!

 

For those of you going up to the Sky in the next few days the river has only about 18 inches of vis above the Sultan due to some slides above Goldbar and the Sultan River has also been very colored up, accounting for very little visability below the mouth of the Sultan on the Skykomish.

 

For you boaters that are going to fish the High Bridge section down to Sultan that there are a number of changes to the river, so take it easy!

 

We have also heard of some winter fish being caught on the Cascade River out of Marblemount

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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