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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM

More of the Yakima River to open for hatchery spring chinook

State Fish and Wildlife has decided to open the lower 13.5 miles of the Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon today (May 13) through June 15.

This includes the stretch of the river from the I-182 Bridge in Richland (River Mile 4.5) to 400 feet downstream of Horn Rapids (Wanawish) Dam (River Mile 18.0).

The predicted adult spring chinook return is between 10,000 and 15,900. Of those 56 percent are hatchery salmon originating from the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project research hatchery at Cle Elum.

The daily limit is two hatchery chinook with a minimum size limit of 12 inches.

One, single (point), barbless hook with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less is required. Use of bait is allowed.

All steelhead must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

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