Sky’s Reiter Stretch, Wallace Near Hatchery Closing To Steelhead As Of Sat., Dec. 31

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

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 pm on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 through February 15, 2017.

DUE TO LOW RETURNS OF HATCHERY STEELHEAD, MOST OF THE WALLACE RIVER AND A HALF MILE OF THE SKYKOMISH AROUND REITER PONDS -- THIS IS CABLE HOLE -- WILL CLOSE TO FISHING. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

DUE TO LOW RETURNS OF HATCHERY STEELHEAD, MOST OF THE WALLACE RIVER AND A HALF MILE OF THE SKYKOMISH AROUND REITER PONDS — THIS IS CABLE HOLE — WILL CLOSE TO FISHING. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

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 returns 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.

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