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

September 30, 2008

Yakama Reservation Reach of the Yakima River closes for fall salmon fishing

Action: Close a 21-mile section of the Yakima River bordering the Yakama Nation Reservation to non-tribal fishing for fall chinook and coho salmon

Effective date: Oct. 1 through Oct. 22, 2008

Species affected: Fall chinook and coho salmon (both hatchery and wild origin)

Location: Yakima River from the Highway 223 bridge (at Granger) upstream to Sunnyside (Parker) Dam.

Reason for action: The Yakama Nation has federally reserved exclusive fishing rights on waters that border its reservation. At this time, the Yakama Nation has not waived their exclusive fishing rights that would allow the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to open a non-tribal sport fishery on boundary waters of the Yakima River. As a result, WDFW is closing the state's sport fishery on the 21 mile section of the Yakima River that borders the Yakama Nation Reservation.

Other Information: The sport fishery for fall chinook and coho salmon remains open through October 22 in the river reach between the Hwy. 240 bridge at Richland and Prosser Dam, which is downstream of the Yakama Reservation boundary (see Page 90 in the 2008-09 fishing rules pamphlet for details). Fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

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.