Action: Closes the lower two sections of the Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon but the upper section will remain open.
Effective date: June 18, 2018.
Species affected: Spring chinook salmon.
The Hwy. 240 Bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0), about 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam.
The Wine Country Rd. Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.3), about 1,300 feet upstream of Prosser Dam, to the State Route 241 (Sunnyside – Mabton Hwy.) Bridge (river mile 59.8).
Reason for action: Spring chinook daily counts at Prosser have declined substantially, signaling the end of the 2018 run in this area of the Yakima River. Salmon fishing will remain open through Sunday, June 17.
Additional information: The Yakima River from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap (river mile 107.1) to the BNSF railroad bridge approximately 600 feet downstream of Roza Dam (river mile 127.8) will remain open.
The regulations for this area are as follows:
Daily limit of two (2) hatchery chinook. Minimum size: 12 inches. Hatchery salmon are identified by a missing adipose fin and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin. Wild salmon (adipose fin intact) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.
Terminal Gear: Up to two (2), single-point, barbless hooks with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less. Use of bait is allowed.
A Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery.
The use of two (2) 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 and Steelhead Endorsement).
Upstream of the Interstate 82 Bridge at Union Gap, the “Selective Gear Rules” prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is suspended for the duration of the salmon fishery.
The upper “closed water” boundary line is moved upstream to the BNSF railroad bridge downstream of Roza Dam to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery chinook salmon.
Night closure is in effect.
Fishing from boats equipped with an internal combustion motor (ICM) is allowed only from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the eastbound (upstream) I-82 bridge at Selah Gap. Boats with an ICM may be used for transportation only upstream of the Selah Gap bridge.
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.
Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284.