Posts tagged: Yakima River
FISHING — It's been one heck of a ride for Yakima River fall chinook anglers. Here's the latest report Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist Paul Hoffarth as the Lower Yakima River season is scheduled to close today, Oct. 22:
The fall salmon fishery in the lower Yakima River is coming to a close. The last day of fishing is Tuesday, October 22, 2013. WDFW staff interviewed 260 anglers between October 14th and 20th. Anglers reported harvesting 102 adult Chinook, 4 jacks, and 1 coho. An estimated 821 adult fall Chinook, 29 jacks, and 4 coho were harvested this past week from 1,961 angler trips.
For the season, 7,903 anglers trips have been taken and 2,478 adult Chinook, 342 chinook jacks, and 87 coho have been harvested. This year’s harvest breaks the record of 2,300 fall Chinook set in 2002 when over 13,000 fall Chinook returned to the Yakima River.
SALMON FISHING — The huge run of fall chinook forecast for the Columbia and Snake rivers got a booming start last week.
In a three-day stretch last week, nearly 85,000 fall chinook moved up over Bonneville, with almost 34,000 of those coming up river on Friday tapering to a rush of 27,000 on Monday.
Steelhead and coho also are in the mix, boosting the counts of quality fishing potential even higher.
Fishing writer Rob Phillips says anglers already have been nailing these fish at the mouth of the Klickitat and the mouth of the Deschutes rivers.
The bulk of the fishery is headed for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia, but Phillips details other hot spots up through the Tri-Cities in the upper Columbia in his Yakima Herald—Republic column.
FLY FISHING — I'm ready to take a few days off, but I'll leave this parting thought to help fly fishers decide what they should be doing with their free time in the next week or two:
Caddis action on the Yakima River has been good in recent weeks, but the insect hatch that makes the Yakima River a standout among the greatest trout rivers in the West is going to peak in the next two weeks.
The Yakima's summer stonefly hatch — triggered later than natural river stonefly hatches in part because of increased irrigation flows — rivals any stonefly hatch in the country, with incredible big dry fly action in the wee hours, according to the guides at Red's Fly Shop south of Ellensburg.
Read on for details from Red's.
FISHING – Two sections of the Yakima River will open next week to fishing for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.
Starting Wednesday (May 15), the lower Yakima River will open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook from the Interstate 182 Bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser.
On Saturday (May 18), the upper Yakima River will open from the Interstate 82 Bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam.
John Easterbrooks, regional WDFW fish program manager, said the lower river is expected to remain open through June 30, while fishing in the upper section will likely continue through July 15.
“Springers are running late this year, but they’re finally moving into the Yakima River,” said Easterbrooks, noting that state and tribal fishery managers are predicting a return of approximately 3,000 adult hatchery chinook to the Yakima River.
Read on for more perspective and details from WDFW.
FISHING — An update on proposed changes to sportfishing rules will be presented by state fish managers to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Feb. 8-9 meeting in Olympia. See the preliminary meeting agenda here.
Fishing rule proposals affecting Eastern Washington angling include:
Public comments on the proposals are being accepted on the agency’s website through Tuesday (Jan. 29).
The commisison is set to vote on the proposals at a March 1-2 meeting.
SALMON FISHING — Two sections of the Yakima River will open this week to fishing for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon, under regulations announced late this afternoon by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Wednesday, May 16, the lower Yakima River will open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook from the Interstate 182 Bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser.
Saturday, May 19, the salmon fishery will expand to the upper Yakima River from the Interstate 82 Bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam.
John Easterbrooks, regional WDFW fish program manager, said the lower river is expected to remain open through June 30, while fishing in the upper section will likely continue through July 31.
“The springers are running late this year, but they’re finally moving into the Yakima River,” said Easterbrooks, noting that fishery managers are predicting a return of approximately 5,000 adult hatchery chinook to the Yakima River.
Read on for details.
FLY FISHING — Weather put a chill on the Yakima skwala hatch today.
Scored with Pat's Rubberlegs under an indicator, though.
Dry flies ready… and waiting for a week, more likely two.
SALMON FISHING — Fish managers are extending the fishing season for hatchery spring chinook heading up the Yakima River, since high, turbid flows have been thwarting the regular season action.
The season will extend through July.
Read on for details from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department release issued Thursday.
SALMON FISHING — The Yakima Reservation boundary reach of the Yakima River will open to spring chinook fishing on Friday, the Washington Fish and Wildlfie Department announced this afternoon.
The season is set to run through June 30.
Read on for details.
SALMON FISHING — The 2011 Yakima River spring chinook season had great potential.
The fish took their sweet time heading upriver, but about two weeks ago, some of the fish that had climbed over McNary Dam arrived in the Yakima and started running over Prosser Dam by the hundreds.
But their arrive coincided with rain on snow that sent the river into a torrent.
The Yakima River is so swollen with runoff that it’s “going to be pretty much blown for the next few weeks,” sighed Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer Alan Baird in a story written by Scott Sandsberry of the Yakima Herald-Republic.
“Now, even when the rain stops we’ll warm up,” Baird said, “and we’re going to have all that snowmelt coming down.”
The third and final body blow: That stretch just downriver from the closed area just below Roza Dam — which has become oh-so-popular with bank anglers in recent years — is now virtually unreachable on foot, at least legally, Sandberry reports.
Read on for the details.
FISHING — Fishing seasons for hatchery spring chinook salmon were set today on two sections of the Yakima River, the first of which will open Saturday.
Read on for all the details released this afternoon by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department
The skwala stones continued to be the most dominate insect on the Yakima River this past week. We have also seen blue wing olives hatch in the early afternoon.Most success has been subsurface using a dropper system with a size eight or ten brown and beige color skwala nymph and either a small mayfly nymph or a San Juan worm dropper.In the afternoon, when the temperatures warm, there have seen adult skwalas on the water surface creating the possibility for some dry fly action. The adults tend to be more active on the Yakima in the Ellensburg area.Overall, fishing and catching has been good throughout the river system, despite non-optimal water clarity. The water flows are great for floating and a little high for wading. The water clarity is off color starting below the Teanaway River and continueing into the lower canyon.It seems as if every little tributary through the Kittitas Valley is full with snow melt water. We expect the dry fly fishing to be great over the next few weeks as the temperatues warm.
FLY FISHING — Jeff Mayor knows the advantages of fishing with guides, especially in a drift boat on unfamiliar stretches of river. But he and two buddies had a great time recently fishing on their own in a rented drift boat on the Yakima River.
They even caught some trout!