Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 21, 2014

Part of Yakima River opening to fishing for coho salmon

Action: Open the "middle" Yakima River to fishing for coho salmon.

Dates: Oct. 22 through Nov. 9, 2014.

Species affected: Coho (silver) salmon; both hatchery and wild fish.

Location: From the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the "closed water" line 3,500 feet downstream of Roza Dam.

Reason for action: A record return of coho salmon is returning to the upper Yakima River with over 15,000 counted passing Prosser Dam through Oct. 20. Yakama Nation and WDFW biologists agree that a harvestable surplus is available to provide this sport fishing opportunity.

Other information:

Daily limit of two (2) coho (wild or hatchery)

Barbless hooks are required (single-point or multiple-point allowed)

During this fishery, the "Selective Gear Rules" prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is temporarily suspended.

Night closure in effect.

Fishing for trout and other gamefish closes on Oct. 31 by permanent rule.

Fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead (rainbow trout greater than 20" in total length) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this salmon fishery.

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.

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.

Information contacts: Eric Anderson, District 8 Fish Biologist, (509) 457-9301 (Yakima); or 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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