Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

July 16, 2012

Internal combustion motors allowed on section of the Yakima River

Action: Authorize internal combustion motors on boats used to fish the Yakima River between Wapato Dam and the Interstate 82 Bridge at Selah Gap.

Species affected: All game fish.

Effective date: Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, 2012.

Location: Yakima River from Wapato Dam to the east-bound (upstream) I-82 bridge at Selah Gap.

Other information: All game fish species - Selective Gear Rules in effect (see definition on Page 11 of 2012-13 "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet). Fishing for steelhead, salmon and bull trout remains closed. This rule change expires when the season for trout and other game fish closes on Oct. 31 (see Page 84 in rules pamphlet).

Reason for action: The Union Gap-to-Selah Gap section of the Yakima River below the mouth of the Naches River is large enough to be fished safely by anglers using small boats and jet sleds equipped with internal combustion motors. Allowing internal combustion motors will provide additional angling opportunity from boats in this section of the Yakima River.

Information contact: John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima).

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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