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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Yakima River’s record coho extends fishing season

A record coho salmon return has allowed state Fish and Wildlife to extend the sport fishery in the mid-Yakima River.

Coho fishing from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the “closed water” line 3,500 feet downstream of Roza Dam will remain open through Nov. 16.

More than 20,000 coho were counted passing Prosser Dam to the Upper Yakima through Monday, Nov. 3.

The daily limit is two wild or hatchery coho; barbless hooks are required (single-point or multiple-point allowed); night closure in effect; fishing for trout and other gamefish closed on Oct. 31 by permanent rule; and fishing for steelhead remains closed (rainbow trout longer than 20 inches must be released).

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.

The “Selective Gear Rules” prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets has been temporarily lifted.

Closed to fishing year-round 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.

 

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