Friday, June 11, 2010

Reiter Ponds

Reiter is open over 6 weeks early. And we thought there were no more steelhead. Ha! Get some. -B

600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 10, 2010

Reiter Ponds section of Skykomish River opens June 12

Action: Open the Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish River to recreational fishing.

Effective date: 8 a.m. June 12, 2010.

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: The Reiter Ponds Hatchery has collected enough summer steelhead broodstock to meet production needs.

Other information: There is a night closure and anti-snagging rule in effect. Also, fishing from a floating device is prohibited.

Dolly Varden/Bull Trout - minimum size 20 inches may be retained as part of trout daily limit.

All other trout - minimum size 14 inches, daily limit two.

Other game fish - statewide minimum size and daily limit. That information can be found on page 27 of the 2010-11 Fishing in Washington sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Public access through the Reiter Ponds Hatchery grounds is allowed daily between 6 a.m. and dusk. However on opening day fishing does not begin until 8 a.m. to ensure an orderly fishery. On Aug.1, this section of the Skykomish River reverts to rules listed in the sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 Fish Biologist (425) 775-1311.

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.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bright thing in the sky

So it's supposed to get sunny this weekend and stay that way for like a week. I guess I'll believe it when I see it. Most of the rivers are still brownish locally. I had a report from the upper Sky what gear guys are taking fish in the high water. When it's off color and high the fish run on the edges in only a couple feet of water so feel free to get out there with your sink tip and a big fly. No one else is so you won't have much competition and you might be surprised how many fish are actually in the system.

The Cedar is running biblical so stay tuned on that one. The Yak is up over 3000cfs in the Canyon but fishing well. Bring a boat or your aggressive wading skills. PMD's, caddis, golden stones, Yellow Sallies, Cahills, Green Drakes (upper river). Lots of good nymphing too.

Chopaka still rules the lake world. Go now.

Feed Fish Flies-B

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Open 'er Up

Today is the general river opener folks. Of course a few rivers opened up on June 1st, WDFW likes to confuse anglers, today is the day. Except just about everything within a day's drive of lovely Issaquah is punched. I was on the Snoqualmie this morning teaching a casting class and it is brown town. Look for things to get fishable in the next week and in good shape in maybe two weeks.

If you want to angle go to a lake. Chopaka, Chopaka, Chopaka. Best callibaetis fishing on the map. Lenice is closer and has hungry fish too. Puget Sound is even closer and has hungry fish.-B