Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

July 26, 2004

Fishing closure of Skykomish River near Reiter Ponds in effect until further notice

Action: Extend the fishing closure on the Reiter Ponds Section of the Skykomish River beginning Aug. 1, 2004, until further notice.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1, 2004, until further notice.

Species affected: All game fish, including steelhead.

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

Reason for action: Summer steelhead brood stock returns to the Reiter Ponds Hatchery have been extremely poor. As of July 26, only 150 adult summer steelhead have been collected at the trap. Low water conditions on the Skykomish River this year the primary factor affecting brood stock collection efforts. To ensure an adequate number of brood stock are collected the Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish River will remain closed so that summer steelhead may enter into the Reiter facility unabated. The Reiter Ponds Hatchery needs to collect at least 350 adult summer steelhead.

Other information: The Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish River will open to recreational fishing for game fish once enough summer steelhead brood stock have been collected. For weekly updates on summer steelhead brood stock collection efforts at the Reiter Ponds Hatchery please view the hatchery escapement reports on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web page, http://wdfw.wa.gov.

Information contact: Chad Jackson, District Fish Biologist (425) 775-1311, ext. 113.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.