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With water flows down and the heat up, temperatures in parts of the Yakima River this summer have been running more like those in the waters of coastal Hawaii, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.
It’s projected that fewer than 131,000 steelhead will come through Bonneville Dam this year. That’s the lowest number in more than three decades and represents a fall of at least 45,000 for the third straight year.
As it flows from Selah Gap to Union Gap, the Yakima River provides a rare urban habitat for wildlife, opportunities for fishing and boating and plenty of scenery for those walking or biking on the Yakima Greenway. But those familiar with the river know its peaceful sound of rushing water belies a power capable of devastating destruction.
The so-called “salmon cannon” is a 21st-century approach to what 20th-century dams have done to migrating fish throughout the region.
Warming temperatures in the future will produce changes in the Columbia River Basin, with more precipitation in winter months and less during the summer, according to a new study released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The assessment projected impacts on water resources in the states of Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Washington over the next seven decades.
Thirty-year, $3.8 billion plan would help irrigators, restore salmon runs.
FISHING -- Wishing was slow for lower Yakima River anglers out last weekend for the May 2 opening of spring chinook fishing. Flows averaged 1,800cfs and fishing was slow for both salmon and bass, said Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist....
Fly fishing can sometimes be just like any other method for hooking a trout. Sometimes fly fishers get their jollies casting a weighted Woolly Bugger and stripping it back as fast as possible to trigger strikes – much like casting a Rooster Tail spinner.
FISHING -- The annual Red's Rendezvous along the Yakima River, set for Saturday, April 25, has an attractive schedule of events and seminars to lure fly fishers from across the state. The event will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Red's Fly Shop and Lodge south...
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. – The emergency response to an oil spill in Sunnyside is winding down, and officials say they’re turning their attention to signs of long-term damage. The spill, discovered March 1, came from a tank at a feed storage facility. It leaked more than 1,500 gallons of used motor oil into a series of irrigation drainage ditches that discharge into the Yakima River.
The skwala stonefly hatch on the Yakima River isn’t anything to shout about. No clouds of insect plastering pickup windshields. Even the fly shops don’t pump it up that much compared with outfitters who’ve hyped the Montana salmonfly hatch to legendary status. But the Yakima’s hatch is certainly worth mentioning with at least a loud voice and a few arm pumps and high-fives.