Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

July 19, 2007

Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish River to open early for steelhead fishing

Action: Open that section of the Skykomish River near Reiter Ponds Hatchery currently listed in the 2007/2008 Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet as closed waters to recreational steelhead fishing June 1 through 8:00 a.m. Aug. 1.

Effective date: 6 a.m., July 21, 2007.

Species affected: Trout, Dolly Varden/bull trout, and all other gamefish.

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

Reason for action: Reiter Ponds Hatchery has collected enough summer steelhead broodstock to meet egg-take goals.

Other information: In the section of the Skykomish River 1,500 feet upstream and 1,000 feet downstream of the Reiter Ponds Hatchery outlet, fishing from a floating device prohibited from July 21 through Feb. 29 and a night closure and non-buoyant lure restriction from July 21 through Nov. 30.

Information contact: Chad Jackson, (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.

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