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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Yakima River hatchery spring chinook fishery extended

The Yakima River hatchery-marked spring chinook fishery will remain open now through July 31 from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap (River Mile 107.1) to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge approximately 500 feet downstream of Roza Dam (River Mile 127.8).

High, turbid flow in May and June, and a late return of spring chinook to the Yakima River has extended the run timing past Roza Dam.

A significant number of hatchery salmon are expected to be available for harvest below Roza Dam well into July.

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

The use of two fishing poles is permitted during the salmon fishery provided the participating angler has purchased a “Two-Pole Endorsement” (in addition to the freshwater fishing license and Columbia River salmon/steelhead endorsement).

For the duration of this salmon fishery, the upper “closed water” boundary line is moved upstream to the railroad bridge downstream of Roza Dam to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery chinook.

Terminal gear is restricted to one, single-point, barbless hook with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less.

During the salmon fishery, the “Selective Gear Rules” prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is temporarily suspended, but only in the river section open to salmon fishing.

Use of boats equipped with an internal combustion engine is allowed only from the I-82 bridge at Union Gap to the east-bound (upstream) I-82 bridge at Selah Gap.

A night closure is in effect.

Closed to fishing for all species 400 feet upstream from the upstream side of the Yakima Ave.-Terrace Heights Rd. bridge in Yakima, including the area adjacent and downstream of the Roza Wasteway No. 2 fish barrier rack next to Morton & Sons Inc.

Fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead (rainbow trout greater than 20″ in total length) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery.

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