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June 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Reiter Ponds area of Skykomish River will open for fishing sooner than expected

The Reiter Ponds area of the Skykomish River will open to fishing on Wednesday, June 29, after the hatchery has reached its spawning escapement target for summer steelhead.

The open areas includes the Skykomish River from 1,000 feet downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet to 1,500 feet upstream of Reiter Ponds outlet.

A night closure and anti-snagging rule are in effect. Fishing from any floating device is prohibited.

Dolly Varden/Bull trout minimum size is 20 inches, and may be retained as part of trout daily limit. All Other trout minimum is size 14 inches, and the daily limit is two.

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.

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