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May 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Two areas of Yakima River to open for hatchery spring chinook fishing

Some areas of Yakima River will be opening soon for hatchery spring chinook.

Beginning this Wednesday (May 15) the Lower Yakima River will open from the I-182 Bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser, and the Upper Yakima will open Saturday (May 18) from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam.

The lower river is scheduled to remain open through June 30, and the upper river through July 15.

Spring chinook have been moving into the Yakima River, and fisheries officials are forecasting a return of about 3,000 hatchery spring chinook.

The daily limit will be two hatchery-marked chinook. All wild salmon and steelhead must be released.

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