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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Productive spot known as the “Reach Area” of the Yakima River to open for hatchery spring chinook

A good number of spring chinook are heading eastward, and that has allowed state Fish and Wildlife to now open the “Reach Area” of the Yakima River to hatchery spring chinook fishing from Friday, June 3 through June 30.

The portion of the Yakima River opening is from the Highway 223 Bridge (at Granger) upstream to the Burlington Northern railroad bridge approximately 1,200 feet downstream of Sunnyside (Parker) Diversion Dam (20.9 river miles).

The Yakama Nation and state Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of adult hatchery spring chinook.

Opening the “Reservation Boundary Reach” increases opportunity to harvest hatchery spring chinook in one of the most productive sections of the Yakima River for salmon fishing.

Nontribal anglers who fish from either river bank (north or south shore), islands or from boats (or other floating devices) in the river reach bordering the Yakama Nation Reservation, extending from the SR 223 Granger Bridge upstream to the Burlington Northern railroad bridge downstream of Sunnyside Dam, must purchase a Yakama Nation tribal fishing permit, in addition to a 2011 WDFW freshwater fishing license and the Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.

This section of river bordering the reservation is open to salmon fishing for nontribal members courtesy of the Yakama Nation.

Daily limit of two hatchery chinook. Minimum size is 12 inches.

Special Gear Restriction for all species — Only one, single (point), barbless hook with a hook gap from point to shank of ¾ inch or less is permitted. Use of bait is allowed. A night closure is in effect.

Fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water before release.

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