A section of the Yakima River is now open for coho fishing as state Fish and Wildlife anticipates a record return.
The Yakima from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the “closed water” line 3,500 feet below Roza Dam is open through Nov. 9.
Through Oct. 20, more than 15,000 coho had passed above Prosser Dam.
State Fish and Wildlife and the Yakama Nation agreed that the excess coho will offer additional sport fishing.
The daily limit is two coho. Barbless hooks are required (single-point or multiple-point allowed) and night closure is in effect. Selective gear rules prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is temporarily suspended.
Fishing for trout and other gamefish closes on Oct. 31 under permanent regulations. Fishing for steelhead is closed, and all steelhead (rainbow trout longer than 20 inches) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.
Fishing from boats equipped with an internal combustion motor (ICM) is allowed only from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the east-bound (upstream) I-82 bridge at Selah Gap. Boats with an ICM may be used for “transportation only” upstream of the Selah Gap Bridge.
State Fish and Wildlife notes that fishing is closed for all species 400 feet upstream from the upstream side of the Yakima Avenue/Terrace Heights Road Bridge in Yakima, including the area adjacent and downstream of the Roza Wasteway No. 2 fish barrier rack next to Morton & Sons Inc.