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

May 9, 2013

Two sections of Yakima River to open for spring chinook fishing

Action: Open two sections of the Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon

Locations & Dates:

Area 1: from the Interstate 182 bridge in Richland (river mile 4.5) to the Grant Avenue bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0) approximately 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam; May 15 - June 30.

Area 2: from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap (river mile 107.1) to the BNSF railroad bridge approximately 500 feet downstream of Roza Dam (river mile 127.8); May 18 - July 15.

Reason for action: Yakama Nation (YN) and WDFW fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of adult hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima River in 2013.

Other information:

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.

In both areas, 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/steelhead endorsement).

Special Rules for Area 1: Terminal gear is restricted to one, single-point, barbless hook with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less when fishing for salmon. Use of bait is allowed.

Special Rules for Area 2:

For the duration of this salmon fishery, the upper "closed water" boundary line for Area 2 is moved upstream to the railroad bridge downstream of Roza Dam to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery chinook.

Terminal gear is restricted to one, single-point, barbless hook with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less.

During the salmon fishery, the "Selective Gear Rules" prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is temporarily suspended, but only