Swift Reservoir, 4,500 acres on the upper North Fork of the Lewis River, has gotten 53,000 catchable-size rainbow trout. Swift’s power canal gets another 8,000 rainbow.
New rules adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently shifted Swift’s opener to the first Saturday in June.
However, those rules were predicated the assumption the spring chinook, coho and winter steelhead reintroduction efforts would have progressed to a point where significant numbers of downstream migrants would be passing through Swift Reservoir in May.
Due to delays in adult salmon and steelhead reintroduction into the upper North Lewis River, production of young fish is just getting under way.
“There’s no need to close the reservoir in May of this year,’’ said John Weinheimer of Carson, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The fishery can proceed on the traditional opening date.’’
Landlocked salmon rules will begin on Saturday. That means all salmon longer than 15 inches must be released and salmon count toward the daily limit of five trout.
Swift has quite a few landlocked coho