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

July 5, 2017

Middle Yakima River spring chinook fishery closure

Action: Closes the middle section of the Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon

Species affected: spring chinook salmon

Location: 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)

Date: Monday, July 10, 2017

Reason for action: Spring chinook daily counts at Roza Dam have declined substantially signaling the end of the run. Fishing effort and catch has also declined in recent days. Salmon fishing will remain open through Sunday, July 9.

Information contacts: John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima) or Eric Anderson, District 8 Fish Biologist, (509) 457-9301 (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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