Effective date: June 1 through June 30, 2012
Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon
Location: Yakima River from the Highway 223 Bridge (at Granger) upstream to the railroad bridge approximately 1,200 feet downstream of Sunnyside (Parker) Diversion Dam (20.9 river miles).
Reason for action: Yakama Nation and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of adult hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima River in 2012.
Opening the “Reservation Boundary Reach” (RBR) increases opportunity to harvest hatchery spring chinook in one of the most productive sections of the Yakima River for salmon fishing.
Non-tribal anglers who fish from either river bank (north or south shore), islands, or from boats (or other floating devices) in the river reach bordering the Yakama Nation Reservation must purchase a Yakama Nation tribal fishing permit, in addition to a 2012 WDFW freshwater fishing license and the Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.
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.
Special Gear Restriction for all species – Only one, single-point, barbless hook with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less is permitted. Use of bait is allowed.
Night closure in effect.
Fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.
Monitoring and enforcement of this fishery opportunity is funded by the Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.
Information contacts: Eric Anderson, Dist. 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.