Heard from someone who volunteers at the hatchery that today they just broodstock spawned two “wild” steelhead at reiter. I saw pictures of the fish. They looked like early winter run skamania strain fish without fin rot from the tanks and with intact adipose fins. Definitely not the type of wild steelhead that spawn down near sultan in later winter that people occasionally catch.
What I was trying to say is basically the wild fish they spawned at the hatchery are hatchery strain fish not true winter runs. I know sometimes the last few days of the season people will catch “true native” (if there is such a thing now) steelhead in the lower river that do not look like the same fish they release at the hatchery. The new wild genetic winter steelhead in the skykomish will become more and more hybrid over time if this broodstock continues that they started todayEarly winter Skamainia?
The river is closed in "later winter by sultan"?
Curt,Sounds the steelhead being spawned at Reiter might be the first step in the conversion of the summer steelhead brood stock at Reiter from the long time domesticate Skamania stock to one using the naturalized summer fish from the South Fork Skykomish Sunset Falls trap. I see on the hatchery escapement report that during 2019 52 "wild" summer-runs from Sunset were transferred to Reiter.
Expect to see them taking eggs from those fish over the next several months.